Shocker fans size up Evansville

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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ST. Louis The Shockers don't take the court until noon Friday, but there was a lot of black and gold inside Scottrade Center for Thursday night's Missouri Valley Conference Tournament game between Evansville and Drake.

A lot of Wichita State fans said they just wanted to size up the competition. Evansville advanced to play the Shockers in Friday's quarterfinal.

"If they play good, they can stay within about 20," said A.J. Bodyk of Augusta.

Gene Kimble of El Dorado also thinks Wichita State can beat Evansville for the third time this season.

"I say we've got to stop (D.J.) Balentine," Kimble said. "If we can stop Balentine, like A.J. said, we should end up probably 20-point win."

Jordan Bodyk and Jake Kimble like the optimism their dads are taking into Friday's game.

"Twenty. That sounds good," Jordan Bodyk said of A.J. Bodyk's predicted margin of victory.

However, the younger fans said the Shockers still have to have a good showing on the court.

"I mean Evansville looked pretty good," Jake Kimble said. "Won't be easy."

A tough game means a good game and that's what Shocker fans came all this way to see.

"There's some good teams in the Missouri Valley," said Dick Dameron of Wichita. "You know, we've been kind of berated this year somewhat about the quality of players, but to go out on the road and win the Missouri Valley, you better bring your A-Game."

Val Howard, a fan from Wichita, said she is confident she and thousands of other Shocker fans have several exciting games to look forward to.

"We have a lot of high hopes and I know our team's not going to let us down," Howard said.

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