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.
After decades competing in the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State University became a member of the American Athletic Conference in 2017.
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 and Fred VanVleet.
Under current head coach Gregg Marshall, the Shockers have won more than 260 games for a nearly .750 winning percentage. The Shockers play their home games at the 10,500-seat Charles Koch Arena, where they are 59-1 over the past four seasons – second-best in wins and second-best winning percentage of all NCAA Division I programs. Wichita State men’s basketball season runs from Nov. to (hopefully) March, with the NCCA Tournament.
What is Marshallville?
Outside Koch Arena, a small tent city is known to pop up before men’s basketball games. The tiny town has been dubbed “Marshallville,” in honor of Wichita State’s fearless men’s basketball head coach, Gregg Marshall. Shocker students, fans and families brave the always-changing Kansas weather to camp out and get hyped for the upcoming home game. The small Shocker village is now recognized as a registered student organization and has grown in popularity. It began as an idea of one junior student who wanted to bring cohesion and community to the school and boost enthusiasm for the team.