WICHITA, Kansas -- Losing in the Final Four, did not stop thousands of Wichita State fans from welcoming the men’s basketball team home from Atlanta.
On Sunday, fans showed the team their support at Koch Arena.
“It was a win-win situation making it to the Final Four. Of course we wanted to win, but pure pride from beginning to end. That game was awesome,” said Julie Stuckey, Shocker fan.
“It makes me become a better basketball player by watching them every game in the tournament. They got better every game and that was just awesome,” added Jerrod Manning, a young WSU fan.
The tournament and last game was an emotional roller coaster for many.
“It made me want to cry, really I’m so happy for them. I’m so proud of them. They have done are city so well,” said Brenda Lesher.
The fans showed their support at the homecoming, and the team showed their appreciation by taking pictures and signing autographs on a variety of items.
“Thousands of fans, thats Shocker Nation. Never will we take it for granted, but we certainly appreciate it, love it, ” said Coach Gregg Marshall.
“Shows people care you know outside a loss . They still care about us as people and also as basketball players. Says a lot about the program and the community,” explained Malcolm Armstead, WSU basketball player.
The season may be over, but many have high hopes for next year.
“Final Four and beyond,” added Stuckey.
Shocker fans have a chance to own part of WSU history.
A basketball celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament is now up for bidding.
The ball is signed by the entire 2013 Final Four team and Coach Marshall. Bidding closes April 16.
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