LOS ANGELES — They were overlooked before the season because last year’s five leading scorers graduated. They were dwarfed in their own league by highly touted Creighton. And they were overshadowed during their NCAA tournament run because another Cinderella story was even more unfathomable than their own.
Only now that they’ve vanquished the best the West Region had to offer can the Wichita State Shockers not be ignored any longer.
Despite temporarily losing two of their best players to second-half injuries and allowing a determined Ohio State team to cut a 20-point deficit to three in the final minutes, Wichita State refused to fold and escaped with for a 70-66 victory. The ninth-seeded Shockers advance to the school’s first Final Four since 1965, where they’ll again be an underdog against either Duke or Louisville next Saturday.