Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Wichita State Shockers and fans alike are preparing for Saturday evening's Elite Eight game against Ohio State in Los Angeles.
Wichita State proved too much of everything for La Salle in a 72-58 victory on Thursday night that put the Shockers into the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years.
They overwhelmed the Explorers with a 14-2 run to open the game that had La Salle playing catch-up the rest of the way. The Explorers trailed by 22 points early in the second half and by 20 late.
"It's like I'm in a dream still with this whole Elite Eight situation," Carl Hall said. "I still can't believe it, but anything is possible when you play defense and you're peaking at the right time."
The Shockers advanced to Saturday's West Regional final against No. 2 seed Ohio State, a 73-70 winner over Arizona in the first semifinal at Staples Center. Their yellow-clad fans, several waving handmade signs, made up most of the small crowd that stuck around to see the end.
The Shockers beat Kansas by two points to get to the final eight in 1981. Wichita State has not made it to the Final Four since 1965.