Shockers

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Wichita State University men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall has been suspended from the team’s final exhibition game in Canada.

Marshall will be absent from Wednesday afternoon’s game against the IndiSport All-Stars, the school said in a news release. The team has been on a four-game tour of Canada.

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The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class of inductees this week. Wichita State basketball players Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are both included on the list.

The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame recognizes athletes, coaches, and media professionals who have brought honor to the City of Wichita. This year’s class of inductees honors eight people in addition to Baker and VanVleet, who both graduate this year.

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Post-game:  

The Wichita State shockers fell to Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament losing 65-57. The game marks the end of an era for WSU senior guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet as well as forward Evan Wessel. The trio’s streak at WSU included Three Missouri Valley Conference titles and one MVC Tournament title.

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Post-game:

Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker combined for 29 points and Wichita State’s swarming defense did the rest as the Shockers beat Arizona 65-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State (26-8) will play Miami (26-7), the third seed in the South Region, on Saturday.

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According to law enforcement officials, a band of masked thieves shot and robbed New York Knicks player and former Shocker Cleanthony Early Wednesday morning. The 24-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition.

Early was in an Uber cab at around 4:30 a.m. outside a Queens strip club when his vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars. Officials said as many as six men got out of the vehicles and demanded Early's "gold." He handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap. The men then drove off.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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