INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (KSNW) – Wichita State basketball has made national news over the last several weeks because of two things. One, it’s low seed in the tournament. Two, a possible move to a more competitive conference, like the American. When I hear national broadcasters and writers refer to the Shockers, they sometimes say Wichita. Not Wichita State, but Wichita.
The last time I checked, the university’s name is Wichita State. Now I’ll be the first one to admit. I’m not from Kansas. I’ve only lived in the Sunflower State for two and a half months. But I’ve never heard local print or broadcast media refer to the Shockers as just, “Wichita.” So why does the national media do it?