Wichita State shouldn¡¯t be this good. The Shockers were powered by Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet for the last four years, but now both have graduated to the pros. They were the heart and soul of these Shockers teams for what felt like an eternity. They¡¯re gone and the Shockers aren¡¯t.
Wichita State sits tied with the Illinois State Redbirds at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. They don¡¯t have a true star. Instead, Gregg Marshall has to rely on a balanced offense and a deep bench. So far, it¡¯s working in a big way. The Shockers are 25-4 overall and made their debut in the AP Poll this week at No. 25.
This is the first Shockers team in Marshall¡¯s tenure where no senior averages at least five points a game. He has instead leaned on a variety of underclassmen and they are playing unselfishly on both ends of the floor.
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Wichita State is one of eight teams that ranks in the top 20 of both offensive and defensive efficiency this season with the No. 18 offense and No. 17 defense, per KenPom.
It shouldn¡¯t shock anyone that this team is contending again, but how they¡¯re doing it is a bit of a surprise. Here¡¯s what you need to know about the Shockers heading into March Madness.
Seeing it up close gave Lynch a new perspective. Combining that with the need to have a result — positive or negative — to take home with him after games, Lynch saw himself making the leap.
“When you¡¯ve got a guy who had as good of a life setup, with his job and where he was, and he wants to come be a GM for one reason, because he wants to be a part of that working to win again — and that¡¯s how I think, too,” Shanahan said. “There¡¯s a lot of stuff that goes on in this business, and it¡¯s a big-time business and I get that, but when it comes down to it, when you have the people who are working together to try to lead the organization the way they think is pretty simple: It¡¯s about football and really not much else.”
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