Wichita State fans hoping to witness Shockers' first MVC win in St. Louis

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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ST. LOUIS -- The Wichita State men's basketball team hasn't shown any signs of cooling down and neither have fans.

Sunday, thousands of black-and-gold-clad fans will file back into the Scottrade Center with the plan of watching history being made again.

"It's time we cut the nets down here in St. Louis, so we're ready to do it tomorrow," Larry Kiess said.

If the Shockers beat Indiana State to take home the Missouri Valley Tournament trophy, that victory will have been a long time coming for them and fans. Wichita State has not won a conference tournament since 1987.

A win Sunday would be the first since the tournament moved to St. Louis.

This historic season has been exciting for loyal Shocker fans and it has drawn thousands of Wichita State fans of all ages to St. Louis in hopes that more history will be made here.

"It's a lot of fun to be part of what's happening right now for WSU and for the Shockers and we're so proud of everybody, we're happy to be here, too," said Rahim Tiflati, who has been watching the tournament with his family.

Of course, heading into the NCAA tournament with an undefeated record would make fans even more happy. And they're confident the Shockers have the tools to get it done.

"Too many weapons," Kiess said. "We've got offense, we've got defense, we've got coaching, we've got the best fans."

These fans, who have packed each venue reserved for them in St. Louis plan on the run to keep going.

"We're ready for more," said Kay Tilson.

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