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Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

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FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

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HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

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3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

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Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

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VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

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Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

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TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

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Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

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TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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SPOTLIGHT
Wild, wild West

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Wild, wild West

Published on -3/27/2013, 10:21 AM

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By JOHN MARSHALL

Associated Press

Arizona and Ohio State reaching the West Region's semifinals was not much of a surprise. Both are loaded with talent, have great coaches and were relatively high seeds.

The rest of the West was a mess, at least in terms of trying to put together a bracket.

New Mexico, Kansas State and Mississippi, seed Nos. 3-5, didn't get past their first games. Top-seeded Gonzaga struggled in its first game, lost its second. La Salle had to win a play-in game, then knocked off two teams with better seeds.

Of the 12 games in the region, seven were won by teams with the worst seed, by far the most of the NCAA tournament's four regions.

The West has indeed been wild, so, in a way, it seems fitting that Wichita State and La Salle would play in the nightcap of the regional semifinals Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"It's not parity. Everyone's good," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "Maybe no one is great the way Jordan, Perkins and Worthy were, Patrick Ewing's teams, but everybody is good."

It's a hard point to argue.

Gonzaga came into the NCAA tournament as the nation's hottest team, ranked No. 1 the final two weeks of the regular season and one of four No. 1 seeds in the field of 68.

The Zags labored in their opener before pulling away from Southern University to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16. Instead, Gonzaga became the first top seed to go down in this year's tournament, knocked out by the somewhat shocking Shockers of Wichita State.

"I lost it a little bit, just the instant reaction and realizing this was the finish," Gonzaga senior Mike Hart said after the 76-70 loss. "That's the brutality of the NCAA tournament, how great it can be and how quickly it can all end."

That was certainly the case in the wild West.

No. 14 seed Harvard blew up brackets everywhere with a Revenge of the Nerds-type victory over No. 3 New Mexico, a favorite dark horse pick to reach the Final Four.

Wisconsin was unable to build off its Big Ten tournament championship, bounced out of the tournament by Mississippi and its mouthy guard Marshall Henderson.

La Salle didn't even get its own seeding; the Explorers had to share it with Boise State, earning the spot by beating the Broncos in the First Four. La Salle followed that up by taking out No. 4 Kansas State and made it three wins in five days by bringing down Henderson and the Rebels.

Wichita State pulled off a mild upset in its opening game by rolling over No. 8 seed Pittsburgh, then took down a tournament titan, rallying from an eight-point second-half deficit to beat Gonzaga.

"The way that West bracket's shook down, they've got a great chance of winning a couple more games," Kansas coach Bill Self said of the neighboring Shockers. "It will be interesting."

The next chapter in this what's-going-to-happen-next tale comes Thursday night, when Wichita State and La Salle meet in a semifinal for the little guys.

La Salle got into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1992 and hasn't been this far in the bracket in five decades, before there was a round of 16. With their three wins so far, the Explorers have won more NCAA tournament games in a week than in the previous 58 years combined.

Wichita State has had a bit more recent success, winning 109 games the past four seasons, including an NIT title and consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Even with their success, the Shockers still don't make much of a blip on the radar, playing under the shadow of Kansas and Kansas State in their own state and being overshadowed by Creighton and All-American forward Doug McDermott in the Missouri Valley Conference most of this season.

The winner Thursday night in the underdog half of the bracket will get a shot at even bigger glory.

"You keep winning, you'll get notoriety," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.

Oh, by the way, the other side of the West bracket features one of the best matchups so far in the NCAA tournament.

Ohio State, the West's No. 2 seed, went to the Final Four last season, has one of the country's best coaches in Thad Matta and do-everything guard Aaron Craft, who plays defense like a pit bull and hit a last-second 3-pointer against Iowa State to get the Buckeyes to LA.

Arizona appears to be all the way back from its brief fall from grace after the retirement of Lute Olson thanks to Sean Miller, a top-of-the-class recruiter who's just as good at managing a game. The sixth-seeded Wildcats have a young, deep frontcourt, a pair of big-play guards in Mark Lyons and Nick Johnson, and rolled through their opening two games in the tournament.

"We're waiting for you in LA," Miller told Matta, one of his closest friends in coaching, in a text after both teams won over the weekend.

So are the Shockers and Explorers, setting up what's sure to be another wild week in the West.

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AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City contributed to this story.

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