What is a “Shocker” you may ask? The Shockers are the athletic teams at Wichita State University, who compete in the NCAA Division I as members of the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State is well known for its fan support and its baseball program, which has the highest winning percentage of any college baseball team over the past 31 years. However, there basketball team not quite so much. They were in the Elite Eight in 1981, and the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, but haven’t been in the Final Four since 1965.
|Being an alumni of Wichita State University, Jim was excited when he learned that his number 9 rated “Shockers” would be playing the second seed in the West Region in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA March Madness during his vacation stay in Las Vegas. Ohio State, with one of the country’s largest athletics’ budgets was the Big Ten bully with a roster stocked with prized recruits, and was destined to end the Shockers’ season. So on game day, we all headed over to one of the South Point Casino’s sports book bars to watch the game as it was telecast from the Staples Center in LA. We got there early enough to garner some front row seats and settled in for what turned out to be a very exciting game. Even though Patrick is also an alumni of Wichita State University, he bet Ohio State and, to no avail, spent the time rooting, "Come on Ohio State".|
|Even though his team had lost its top five scorers from last season, they jumped out to a commanding 20 point lead early in the game. Outstanding defense and great foul line shooting kept them in the lead right to the end, where after a grueling 2-12 hours, they dispatched Ohio State in a 70-66 thriller to advance to the Final Four, the first in 48 years. After the game we celebrated the victory with a huge Chinese meal before heading home and calling it a night. It’s now on to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta next Saturday to battle the number one seed, the Louisville Cardinals. Go Shockers!|