Wichita State fans happy with Valley championship, ready for more wins

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ST. LOUIS -- Signs that Wichita State basketball fans were the majority of the crowd inside the Scottrade Center were still visible several hours after the 34-0 Shockers won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Pieces of yellow pom-poms were scattered throughout the arena.

Excited, loud fans were not just a post-championship feature of the tournament. Shocker fans brought sometimes-deafening noise to the arena.

"So much pride, so much love, so much happiness for the team," Mariann Cranmer of Andover described her emotions during Arch Madness.

Fans fired up by the Shockers' historic season say they can add confidence to that list of emotions.

"The confidence that they play with really transfers to us as the fans also and so I think that really helps us back them up," said Anita Hudson of Wichita.

Fans say they know this season has been rewarding for the team because it has been fun for fans to watch.

"Well, it's history," Cranmer said. "Got to cut down the nets for the first time in a long time.

"Well, forever here," replied her husband, Russell.

Many of the fans who filled St. Louis this week hope to return in just a couple of weeks for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

"You know, they've cut down the nets here once; hope we can cut them down again," said Jim Hudson of Wichita.

Backers of the Shockers say it's great to finally win the Valley Tournament, but they're banking on watching six more exciting games.

"This is great, but this is just a step," Steve Seitnater of Wichita said. "You know, we're going to Dallas. We're going to Dallas."

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