Shocker fans celebrate team’s NCAA run


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WICHITA, Kansas— It was one last hurrah for WSU’s Final Four basketball team.

Fans gathered at Koch Arena Monday night to celebrate the Shockers’ NCAA run.

Wichita’s mayor, Carl Brewer, awarded Coach Gregg Marshall the keys to the city, and Governor Sam Brownback praised the team while wearing a bright yellow Wichita State sweatshirt.

Marshall in turn gave credit to his players, saying they’ve inspired the city to “Play Angry!”

“Teachers have gotten back to me and said, ‘You’ve inspired me to teach angry!’ I’m a preacher, and I’m going to preach angry,” Marshall said with a smile.  “But it’s a good thing. It means you’re passionate.  You’re energetic. You’re focused. You’re going to give everything you’ve got at every opportunity.”

Among the awards handed out to the Shockers,  Malcolm Armstead was named the team’s most valuable player and Cleanthony Early the most inspirational. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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