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What's wrong with Wichita State Basketball?
What's wrong with suddenly skidding Wichita State?

Quote:Wichita State started the week with a 15-2 record and ranked No. 7 in the nation. Now, after back-to-back losses at SMU and Houston, the Shockers are left wondering what exactly has gone wrong.
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Two-game losing streaks are never fun for a top-10 team. Still, if Wichita State merely plays to its potential on defense and gets McDuffie up to speed, this group can look a lot more like the "old" Wichita State in a hurry. Keep an eye on the Shockers.

I'm going to submit that the Shockers spent too much time admiring their pretty shooting and their pretty rankings and forgot what got them to this point, which was angry play and ugly defense. Last week they bumped into a couple teams who were hungry as hell and jealous of the Shockers success. They were willing to trade their lives for the win hoping it would make their season. We ended up being out-angried which has been sobering to say the least to most of the knowledgeable Shocker fans I've talked to.

The Shox seem to have temporarily lost their edge. They're too white collar now and need to trade in their Diner's Club cards for lunch buckets and get back to eating Big Macs instead of boeuf bourguignon.

Discuss.


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RE: What's wrong with Wichita State Basketball?
There is nothing wrong with the Shockers. They beat the brakes off that same Houston team a week ago. When that game was played I knew the Shockers couldnt play much better than that and we could not play much worse. I knew there wasnt as much difference between those teams as it appeared. Saturday, the Coogs played closer to their norm and the Shocker played pretty horrible. Its going to happen a few times a year. In the MVC those games were just close wins for the Shockers. In the AAC, those bad games become ugly losses.

The Shockers will be fine. They and Cinci are still the top teams in the AAC this year---but this league goes 6-7 teams deep with potential NCAA/NIT quality teams capable of beating anyone on any given night.
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This is what you guys came into the league for, a league where you don't have to win the conf tourney to get into the Nationals. A league where you don't have to win every game for a decent seed. Losing to SMU and Houston is way better than losing two straight MVC games.

Don't worry.
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No one was willing to trade their lives for a win. They just played better basketball. I'm sure they'll rebound and play more focused.
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(01-22-2018 07:18 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  This is what you guys came into the league for, a league where you don't have to win the conf tourney to get into the Nationals. A league where you don't have to win every game for a decent seed. Losing to SMU and Houston is way better than losing two straight MVC games.

Don't worry.

This.

Anybody thinking we were gonna go undefeated in this league was going to get a big dose of reality.
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(01-22-2018 07:21 PM)ShockerFever Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:18 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  This is what you guys came into the league for, a league where you don't have to win the conf tourney to get into the Nationals. A league where you don't have to win every game for a decent seed. Losing to SMU and Houston is way better than losing two straight MVC games.

Don't worry.

This.

Anybody thinking we were gonna go undefeated in this league was going to get a big dose of reality.

I mean...I said 5 losses and got accosted.
01-22-2018 07:24 PM
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More piling on...

Fo, Fo, Fo: Bidding farewell to Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Wichita State as contenders

Quote:Remember that time I was really high on Wichita State? That was a hoax, right? The Shockers have lost two in a row, including a whuppin’ on Saturday at Houston. Among other problems, they just aren’t getting enough from star Landry Shamet (2-for-10 FG against the Cougars) and have slipped to 57th nationally in defensive efficiency.

Shocker lamentations...

WSU players unhappy with their performance following Houston loss

“We’re (angry),” WSU senior Rashard Kelly said. “We don’t lose like this.”

“We’ve got to work on our ability to score against that type of pressure,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “We’ve got to work on rebounding in crowds. We’ve got to work on finishing in a crowd. We had several layups we missed. We’ve got a lot of things to work on. We didn’t have very many good performances. I’ve got to coach better and we’ve got to play much better.”

“Our defense sucks right,” WSU’s Landry Shamet said. “We can’t stop anybody. We have a lot to work on and figure out.”

“I know everybody wants to see us win every game, but we’re going through something right now,” McDuffie said. “We kind of look sluggish out there..."

“I think every great team has to overcome adversity,” Kelly said. “Not everything is going to be a cakewalk. Not everything is going to be easy. I think those are the best when it’s not easy. We should have won this one and we should have got the SMU game. But we can’t do anything about it now, so we’ve just got to get back in the gym and get better.”


Everybody's confused: the players, the coaches, the fans, and the national media.


CB's just sad. (╯︵╰)


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Don't worry, you have...

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(01-22-2018 07:26 PM)GrayBeard Wrote:  Don't worry, you have...

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Nope. Now it's just Hibachi Power.

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I wish Memphis was having a year where we can both be ranked and people could legitimately ask "what's wrong." That'd be sweet.
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(01-22-2018 07:29 PM)TIGERCITY Wrote:  I wish Memphis was having a year where we can both be ranked and people could legitimately ask "what's wrong." That'd be sweet.

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(01-22-2018 07:29 PM)TIGERCITY Wrote:  I wish Memphis was having a year where we can both be ranked and people could legitimately ask "what's wrong." That'd be sweet.

03-lmfao I know, right.
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(01-22-2018 07:29 PM)TIGERCITY Wrote:  I wish Memphis was having a year where we can both be ranked and people could legitimately ask "what's wrong." That'd be sweet.


Ikr lol


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Any chance we could shelve the silly comments about the Shockers getting woke in a vastly superior conference for just one single thread? Everybody on the planet save for a few AAC homers and self-deprecating Shocker posters who are trolling me, know that our team isn't playing up to snuff lately.

Anybody have any honest critiques or unique observations regarding what the Shox need to improve upon? I guess you would have to have seen us play a few games as our normal selves to be able to make an educated contribution. If you only saw us play the SMU and UH games you would think our team is made of wet paper bags. But I can assure you, the real Shockers dictate physicality, they are not dictated to.

Comments I would prefer hearing sound like the following - "Man, I saw the Shockers in the NCAA tournament _ _ _ _ year playing against _ _ _ _ and they were just relentless. It got to the point where the opposing team was afraid to even dribble the ball. On one play their 5-star PG appeared to just throw it out of bounds in a sign of protest as all his teammates were covered. It really seemed like it was 8 vs. 5 on the floor at times!

Thanks in advance!


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(01-22-2018 07:45 PM)C0|db|00ded Wrote:  Any chance we could shelve the silly comments about the Shockers getting woke in a vastly superior conference for just one single thread? Everybody on the planet save for a few AAC homers and self-deprecating Shocker posters who are trolling me, know that our team isn't playing up to snuff lately.

Anybody have any honest critiques or unique observations regarding what the Shox need to improve upon? I guess you would have to have seen us play a few games as our normal selves to be able to make an educated contribution. If you only saw us play the SMU and UH games you would think our team is made of wet paper bags. But I can assure you, the real Shockers dictate physicality, they are not dictated to.

Comments I would prefer hearing sound like the following - "Man, I saw the Shockers in the NCAA tournament _ _ _ _ year playing against _ _ _ _ and they were just relentless. It got to the point where the opposing team was afraid to even dribble the ball. On one play their 5-star PG appeared to just throw it out of bounds in a sign of protest as all his teammates were covered. It really seemed like it was 8 vs. 5 on the floor at times!

Thanks in advance!


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Wow! I spoke too soon. I figured by the time I had written that post the thread would have been inundated by inane comments about the Shockers learning a lesson but instead it's been rather humorous and pleasant. Have all the insecure posters been banned?

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(01-22-2018 07:24 PM)HuskyU Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:21 PM)ShockerFever Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:18 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  This is what you guys came into the league for, a league where you don't have to win the conf tourney to get into the Nationals. A league where you don't have to win every game for a decent seed. Losing to SMU and Houston is way better than losing two straight MVC games.

Don't worry.

This.

Anybody thinking we were gonna go undefeated in this league was going to get a big dose of reality.

I mean...I said 5 losses and got accosted.

And rightfully so. That's before we became exclusive.
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(01-22-2018 07:57 PM)ShockerFever Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:24 PM)HuskyU Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:21 PM)ShockerFever Wrote:  
(01-22-2018 07:18 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  This is what you guys came into the league for, a league where you don't have to win the conf tourney to get into the Nationals. A league where you don't have to win every game for a decent seed. Losing to SMU and Houston is way better than losing two straight MVC games.

Don't worry.

This.

Anybody thinking we were gonna go undefeated in this league was going to get a big dose of reality.

I mean...I said 5 losses and got accosted.

And rightfully so. That's before we became exclusive.

03-lmfao Very true.
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Last year's Shockers go 16-2 in the same AAC and are a legitimate title contender. This year's Shockers are gonna lose 6+ games and might get boat raced in the first round or make the Sweet 16 depending on the matchup. The good news is that it's still possible to figure out how to become last year's Shockers.

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They're in a conference where they have to show up pretty much every night, that's what.
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