All-Name Team sweethearts Wichita State provided us with the first early exit for a #1 seed this year, knocking off Gonzaga 76-70.
The Bulldogs and their 15-game winning streak were done in by a couple of poor shooting performances from Kelly Olynyk (8-22) and Kevin Pangos (6-17), and shot under 35% (8-23) as a team from long range. The Shockers lived up to their name through 50% (14-28) shooting from the 3-point line that included seven-straight makes down the stretch and a balanced scoring attack led by 16 points a piece from Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker. Wichita State shot 50% of the field as a team and managed to hold Gonzaga to just 35% shooting.
The Shockers advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2006, and will face the winner of Sunday’s matchup between La Salle and Ole Miss.