Shockers

Jeff Tuttle / Wichita State University

Wichita State’s Ron Baker was named Sunday to the U.S. basketball team that will compete later this month in the Pan American Games in Toronto. His Shocker teammate Fred VanVleet did not make the final cut.

The official roster for the team was announced Sunday after the 16 finalists’ last practice at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Baker and VanVleet, both seniors at Wichita State, were among 16 who advanced before the final cut was made Sunday.

Sean Sandefur

All-American guard Ron Baker announced on Monday that he will return for his senior season at Wichita State.

The 6-foot-4 guard out of Scott City spent the days following the Shockers’ Sweet 16 loss evaluating his professional basketball opportunities.

According to a release from the university, Baker says he sees potential for the Shockers next season because of both the players that are returning and new talent who will be added to the roster.

The Sunflower

Wichita State students returned to campus from Spring Break last night, coinciding with the Shockers' big win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Captain Guy Schroeder of the Wichita State University Police says despite the high energy, there was nothing out of the ordinary on campus.

"I think there was a lot of excitement throughout campus and on, but everything was fairly civil all night long," Schroeder says.

Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp has revised his plans for raffling off tickets to men's college basketball games for small campaign contributions because of legal questions.

Huelskamp announced yesterday he's no longer requiring a donation for a chance to win four tickets to NCAA men's tournament games this week in St. Louis.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson told Huelskamp's campaign that the contest he announced on Monday was illegal.

With apologies to Johnny Cash and Hank Snow:

We’ve beat everyone, man, we’ve beat everyone, man

Made the Roundhouse roar, man

Took it to their door, man

Mopped ‘em off the floor, man, we’ve beat everyone!

We’ve beat Illinois State and Bradley and Drake

Loyola, Evansville and Indiana State

UNI and SIU and Tennessee and ORU

Alabama, Davidson – Hey, we really had some fun!

Tennessee State, Tulsa, William & Mary and DePaul

North Carolina Central – They all took a fall!

Carla Eckels

This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Mar. 1, 2014.

The second-ranked Wichita State Shockers continued their winning streak Saturday with a 31-0 record, beating Missouri State.  The men made history last week, by becoming the first and only college basketball team to finish 30-0 in a regular season, the same night they clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title.  Sports analysts say the undefeated ball players have a genuine sense of brotherhood.

Carla Eckels

The Wichita State Shockers have made history by becoming the first men's basketball team in NCAA history to win 31-regular season games. The Shockers achieved this record on Saturday by beating Missouri State 68-45.

The sold out arena was a sea of black and gold cladded fans chanting "undefeated" as they lift up signs that read 31-0. The Wichita State Shockers becomes the first team since St. Joseph's in 2004 to head into a conference tournament unbeaten.

Lucy can’t get over us human beings.

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Wichita State's basketball team is the last undefeated men's team in America - 28 wins. That got them on one of the regional covers of Sports Illustrated, and that adds a little pressure. If the Shockers win tonight, they'll clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title. From member station KMUW in Wichita, Carla Eckels reports on the team's winning season.

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