Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Fans who couldn't make it to New York this week gathered in Wichita Tuesday to watch their Shockers win their way to the NIT Championship game. The Wichita State Alumni Association held its official watch party at Fox and Hound in east Wichita, where fans cheered like they were court side even as they were hundreds of miles away.
"Oh it is just so exciting, it's just wonderful. I can't believe how well they're playing," said WSU fan Marilyn Boehning.
"We've been playing awesome. They've been playing as a team, they're passing the ball, they're doing what they're supposed to do. Nobody's hogging the ball and they're paying attention to their coach and you can tell," said WSU alumna and employee Penny Longhofer.
It was an electric atmosphere throughout the entire game, with alumni, students, and fans all saying they had faith in the win even before the tip-off.
"Of course, in my heart and my soul because I'm an alumna and I teach out there and I just believe in them," said Longhofer.
But such a dominating win wasn't something necessarily everyone expected.
"I expected them to win but not by such a large margin," said fan Val Howard.
"It's a little bit more than what I expected!" said Boehning.
Even as they got more than what they expected, WSU fans, who have become notorious across the country for their energy in the arena, brought that same spirit to the game they gathered to watch on TV. And they say they owe their enthusiasm to their team.
"I just think we all appreciate their attitudes, their hustle, everything they do for us. And so I think that's why we're such big fans," said Boehning.
Many fans say they'll gather again for the championship game, and for that one, they also expect a win.