WICHITA - The Wichita State men's basketball team is in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in 48 years. On Saturday in Atlanta, the Shockers face the tournament's #1-overall seed, Louisville.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who holds degrees from Kansas and Kansas State, sported a gold Wichita State sweatshirt at the statehouse in Topeka on Friday.
The story knows no borders: Wichita State president John Bardo says the university has collected more than 10,000 media clippings from around the world, including Uzbekistan and South Korea.
The Wichita Business Journal reports Beth Tully's "Shockolate" products at Cocoa Dolce have been flying off the shelves, as have Final Four t-shirts at area retailers. Caterers are busy planning watch parties, and sports bars are making sure they have enough wait staff to handle the crush on Saturday afternoon. Big Lou Lopez at Emerson Biggins on Maize Road says he was offered $500 just to hold a table; he turned it down, saying it's first-come, first-served.
Three charter flights to the Final Four put together by the Wichita State Alumni Association are making their way to Atlanta. Shocker fans on those charters will remain in Atlanta until Tuesday, after Monday night's national championship game.
Mike Kennedy, Bob Hull, and Dave Dahl have live coverage of the Shockers in the Final Four beginning at 4:00 p.m. Saturday on NewsRadio 1330 KNSS; the game tips-off at 5:09 p.m.