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Dance Card: Wichita State, Missouri Valley

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The Shockers are not actually a shocker.

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Who? The Shockers of Wichita State.

What? An anthropomorphic shock of wheat named WuShock. I'm not making this up. Back in the 1900s, a lot of football players made money "shocking" wheat (harvesting it, that is).

Where? Wichita, Kansas, on the Arkansas River.

When? March 16th, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Why? They won the Missouri Valley conference tournament.

How? Alex Harden and Jamillah Bonner each dropped 21 points, and the Shockers forced 22 turnovers to knock out upstart Drake, 73-49.

Surprise? Predicted to finish second in the conference, they tied favorite Indiana State for first and came out ahead on the tiebreaker.

RPI: 94

SOS: 275

Record: 26-6 (14-4 MVC)

Good wins: At Green Bay.

Bad losses: At Southern Illinois.

Who's driving this thing? Jody Adams, since 2008.

Extra, Extra! The Wichita Eagle.


Junior guard Alex Harden snagged the Missouri Valley's player of the year award, with 16.9 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. Senior forward Michelle Price adds 7.2 rebounds and 12.3 points. The Shockers force almost twenty turnovers a game from their opponents. They had a rocky end to the regular season slate in the Valley, but found their footing again in the tournament.