Wichita State University Shockers
After decades competing in the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State University became a member of the American Athletic Conference in 2017.
Wichita State University was founded in 1895 as Fairmount College and today is one of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. WSU’s athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I and the Shockers field teams in tennis, cross country, basketball, track, golf, baseball, volleyball and softball. The Shockers’ baseball team won a national championship in 1989 and its men’s basketball team is a perennial NCAA tournament contender, making it to the Final Four as recently as 2013.
Wichita has a basketball state of mind, as the Wichita State men’s basketball team has reclaimed the national spotlight with a seven-year run (2011-17) that includes five conference titles, three All-Americans, an undefeated regular season, an NIT championship, six straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a Final Four appearance.
Overall, the Shocker men have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four twice (2013 & 1965), the Elite 8 four times and the Sweet 16 six times. The program has produced NBA greats Dave Stallworth, Cliff Levingston, Antoine Carr and Xavier McDaniel, and well as recent professionals Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet and Landry Shamet.
Under current head coach Isaac Brown, WSU won its first American Athletic Conference regular season title. The Shockers play their home games at the 10,500-seat Charles Koch Arena. Wichita State men’s basketball season runs from Nov. to (hopefully) March, with the NCCA Tournament.