Shockers ‘shock’ Jayhawks enroute to the ‘Sweet 16’ dance

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton (32) shoots over Kansas' Frank Mason III (0) and Kansas' Kelly Oubre Jr., right, during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA (KSNT/AP) – The 7th seed Wichita State University Shockers handed the 2nd seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks a shock Sunday evening 78–65, earning themselves a trip to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament.

In the first meetings of the two schools in 22-years the Shockers, considered by most to be the underdogs in this matchup, took the lead early and never looked back.

Behind another steady performance from Fred VanVleet and the hot shooting of Evan Wessel, the No. 7 seed Shockers rolled past the second-seeded Jayhawks 78-65 on Sunday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 at the expense of the school that has caused them so much chagrin.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III tries to drive past Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas guard Frank Mason III tries to drive past Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Tekele Cotton led the way with 19 points for the Shockers (30-4). VanVleet finished with 17 and Wessel hit four 3-pointers to score 12, sending the Missouri Valley champions to Cleveland for the Midwest Regional semifinal against third-seeded Notre Dame.

Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet drives around Kansas defenders Frank Mason III and Jamari Traylor, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. Wichita State won 78-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet drives around Kansas defenders Frank Mason III and Jamari Traylor, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament Round of 32 game, Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Omaha, Neb. Wichita State won 78-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Devonte’ Graham and Perry Ellis had 17 points each, and Frank Mason added 16 for the Jayhawks (27-9), who blew an early eight-point lead and never really threatened in the second half.

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton (32) shoots over Kansas' Frank Mason III (0) and Kansas' Kelly Oubre Jr., right, during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton (32) shoots over Kansas’ Frank Mason III (0) and Kansas’ Kelly Oubre Jr., right, during the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game in the Round of 32 in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Said KU Head Coach Bill Self “We did not help ourself by not defending, everything we tried they had a counter for. They were far superior to us the second half, They took us out of most everything we wanted to do.”

 

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