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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.