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Previewing Notre Dame’s Championship Game Against the Wichita State Shockers

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Notre Dame vs Wichita State in the regional semi-final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.(Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images).

MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face their biggest opponent to date in #6 Wichita State after demolishing the LSU Tigers in the semi finals, 92-53.

The last time these two programs faced each other was during the regional semi-final of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, in which the Irish took down the Shockers, 81-70.

This was a game that everyone expected to happen, but also what everyone wanted as two of college basketball’s great but underrated programs will clash for the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament title.

Notre Dame is proving they are a force to be reckoned with on the court, behind their big three in Matt Farrell, Bonzie Colson and the emerging T.J. Gibbs, while Wichita State is constantly snubbed every year but have the talent to be a top three team.

This game will be interesting, to say the least.

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RECAP: #21 Wichita State advances to semi-finals with 82-56 destruction of Bradley

Photo courtesy of Manny De Los Santos and The Sunflower.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Landry Shamet is on a mission.

And, the final chapter ends with #21 (AP) Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.

Now they are one step closer to etching their name into the field of 68.

Despite shooting 37.1 percent, the Shockers (28-4, 17-1) thumped Bradley (13-20, 7-11), 82-56. The only fireworks came at the expense of hard fouls and a mid-court yelling match between head coaches Gregg Marshall and Brian Wardle.

“If we win this tournament, your name is in the NCAA Tournament,” Shamet said. “I would be nice to win the thing and know that we will be in the tournament. That’s kind of our mindset: We don’t want to leave it up to chance.”

The contest was, surprisingly, competitive for 12 minutes. The Braves held their only leads at 2-0 and 4-2. Continue reading RECAP: #21 Wichita State advances to semi-finals with 82-56 destruction of Bradley

RECAP: Darral Willis Jr., Markis McDuffie lead Wichita State past Indiana State in MVC opener

Photo courtesy of Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Wichita State may not be ranked, but they are certainly not surprising anyone in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Shockers, propelled by a combined 47 points from junior Darral Willis Jr. and sophomore Markis McDuffie, weathered a lively Hulman Center crowd to survive, 80-72, against Indiana State. The victory was Wichita State’s 52nd regular season conference win over the last four years.

“There’s a lot of people that doubted us,” said Wichita State junior Zach Brown. “It’s challenging for us, but we’ve got to deal with adversity and get through it. This shows these guys got heart.”

Indiana State raised the ‘heart’ rate of Wichita, Kansas, early on. Five points by sophomore Donovan Franklin landed a 15-9 advantage for the Sycamores.  Continue reading RECAP: Darral Willis Jr., Markis McDuffie lead Wichita State past Indiana State in MVC opener