Shock Me, Shock Me, Shock Me With That Deviant Behavior!
There will be no "Wichita State 'Shocked' The World" comments here. I have nothing against bad puns. It's more the fact that it is not a shock. Is it a surprise? Maybe. A shock? Definately not.
But either way, what matters is that they advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 80-73 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. Bruce Pearl was surprised when his team got a 2 seed, but it worked out great for Mark Turgeon and the Shockers who, as many so-called "Mid-Majors", where not the least bit intimidated by schools from the power conferences.
Wichita State got to the Round of 32 by beating the snot out of an outplayed Seton Hall Pirate team, 86-66. The Shockers got out early and never looked back. The Bench came up big for Wichita State as well, outscoring Seton Hall's bench 22 to 8.
For those of you keeping track at home, those would be victories for an MVC school over a Big East school and an SEC school.
The great thing about the Shockers (besides a totally steeped name) is that you can't pinpoint one player as the key performer in their two wins. In the game against Seton Hall, Sean Ogirri led the way with 23 points and 5 assists. Paul Miller also had a great game, going for 15 points and 7 rebounds. In the Tennessee game it was P.J. Cousinard leading the way with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists with help from Kyle Wilson's 17 and 6. For the Tourney, all 4 players are averaging double figures scoring and a solid rebounding and assist total. (And that doesn't even mention Ryan Martin off the bench who has put in 10 each game.)
Another total team effort will be needed to get by one of America's other new favorites, the George Mason Patriots who they meet in the next round to advance to the Elite Eight.