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Pflugradt: In-game promos are crowd killers, detrimental to Shockers’ home success

Pflugradt: In-game promos are crowd killers, detrimental to Shockers’ home success

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Sports

ednesday night I witnessed something quite rare: Wichita State losing at Koch Arena. In fact, it was only the second time in my three years at the university such a thing has happened. Before the Shockers dropped to Northern Iowa in 2015, they had won 43 home games consecutively; and that streak was back...

Houston hands Shockers second-straight conference loss

Houston hands Shockers second-straight conference loss

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Showcase, Sports

No. 7 Wichita State hasn't lost consecutive conference games since the 2012-13 season. Until today. Unranked Houston handed The Shockers their second-straight conference loss. This was Houston's first top-10 win since 1996. Houston started with an early lead and was able to sustain it for the...

Tacko Fall to miss remainder of season

Tacko Fall to miss remainder of season

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

January 20, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Wichita State won't see Central Florida standout center Tacko Fall Thursday when the Shockers host the Knights. Fall, a 7-foot-6 center, will undergo shoulder surgery this month and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, UCF announced early Saturday. Fall is the tallest player active...

Shockers looking to extend nation’s longest road win streak Saturday

Shockers looking to extend nation’s longest road win streak Saturday

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Although the No. 7 Shockers snapped their home win streak, their away game streak is still alive and well. The Shockers have the nation’s longest true road win streak and are looking to extend it to 12 with a win over Houston on Saturday. The Shockers defeated Houston by 18 at Koch Arena the...

American Conference beats out Big East, Big Ten, and Big 12 in RPI

American Conference beats out Big East, Big Ten, and Big 12 in RPI

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 19, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

The RPI rankings were updated Thursday and the American Athletic Conference now has nine teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball top-100. That is more than the Big East, Big Ten, and Big 12. RPI, rating percentage index, is a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and...

Tit for tat: SMU snaps Shockers’ home win streak after losing their own

Tit for tat: SMU snaps Shockers’ home win streak after losing their own

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Unranked SMU came into Wednesday's matchup with No. 7 Wichita State with a chip on their shoulder. The Mustangs came off of their longest losing streak since March of 2014 and their 33-game home winning streak was broken by Temple prior to playing The Shockers. The defending American Athletic...

Wichita State’s Shamet, SMU’s Emelogu among best from three

Wichita State’s Shamet, SMU’s Emelogu among best from three

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

January 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Wichita State point guard Landry Shamet’s team-leading 52.3 percent three-point shot percentage — good for No. 11 in the country, will be met with the nation’s leading three-point shooter Wednesday against Southern Methodist. Ben Emelogu, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, leads the country in three...

Shockers to host defending conference champion Wednesday

Shockers to host defending conference champion Wednesday

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 17, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

No. 7 Wichita State extended their road win streak last week with wins over East Carolina and Tulsa. Despite their back-to-back road wins, the Shockers dropped two spots in this week’s AP Poll. After a week on the road, the Shockers return to the Roundhouse to face SMU, the defending conference ...

Pflugradt: Trae Young delivers, Oklahoma jumps to No. 2 in latest poll

Pflugradt: Trae Young delivers, Oklahoma jumps to No. 2 in latest poll

Evan Pflugradt, Opinion Editor

January 15, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Sports

Wooden Award finalist Trae Young is the first player to lead the field in both scoring and assists since assists were recorded. What looked like a slow day for Oklahoma's freshman point guard turned into 43 points and an overtime home victory against Texas Christian. With the Big 12 as contentious as it...

Too close for comfort: Shockers barely survive Golden Hurricane

Too close for comfort: Shockers barely survive Golden Hurricane

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 13, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Showcase, Sports

No. 5 Wichita State kept its undefeated conference record intact Saturday against unranked Tulsa, but barely. Tulsa's resilience and ability to answer every Wichita State basket kept The Golden Hurricane in the game until the final buzzer, when the Shockers held a three-point victory. The Shockers...

Havoc in the Heartland: Shockers to face familiar foe Saturday

Havoc in the Heartland: Shockers to face familiar foe Saturday

Aliyah Funschelle, Reporter

January 13, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

No. 5 Wichita State and Tulsa share a rivalry that dates back 87 years. The two were rivals in the Missouri Valley up until Tulsa pulled out of the conference in 1996. This will be the 127th meeting between Wichita State and Tulsa. The Shockers lead the series 65-61 and have won eight of the l...