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The Shockers

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2006

In an ESPN Insider chat about mid-majors yesterday, Andy Glockner said this:

Alex (Macungie, PA): Big Syracuse fan here. I think Syracuse has a great chance to lose to Witchia St this weekend. If Syracuse does win, this should be considered a “good” win come march. Your thoughts?

Andy Glockner: This game seems to be generating the most questions, so let’s address it. Yes, I think Wichita State can win this game, but don’t underestimate Syracuse. The Orange are playing quite well this season and are a lot more balanced than last year’s Gerry Mac show. They get a lot of gruff for playing a ton of (very profitable) home games, but they have beaten some decent teams rather handily already. WSU is the best team they will have seen — should be a good one, but I think the Cuse wins a close one.

Naturally, the first thing most Orange fans will think after reading this exchange will be, “Where the hell is Macungie?” Next they’ll wonder if Glockner’s only exposure to SU hoops this season came in the first half against Holy Cross. There’s really no other way someone could conclude that they’re “playing quite well this season,” unless this is the Introduction to the Opposites sketch and Moose forgot to tell me.

So what’s the story with the Shockers? They’re returning four starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. Even so, they have a balanced attack: No Wichita State player is averaging more than 30 minutes a game and seven Shockers saw at least 20 minutes of playing time in their win over LSU last week. The team also returns six of its top seven scorers from last year, as TNIAAM points out.

WSU has a great inside-outside combo in guard Sean Ogirri and forward Kyle Wilson. Ogirri torched Tennessee in the tournament last year, but, as LSU learned last week, shutting him down is no guarantee of success. Wilson, meanwhile, averages 20 points and 8 rebounds per 40 minutes played (which he never sees because the Shockers keep so many guys in the mix). And don’t forget that WSU held a pretty good LSU team to 53 points at home — even with Big Baby going off for 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Via the Wichita Eagle, the Shockers are feeling confident after their early season success. The subtext of the article is the Dome intimidation factor; maybe a strong showing by the students will finally give that stupid “Loud House” nickname some thump. It certainly couldn’t hurt.

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One Response to “The Shockers”

  1. jeremy44 said

    My aunt and uncle live in Macungie. It’s near Allentown.

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