“Where is this Wichita State?” I bet you are not actually asking yourself, because clearly it is in Wichita. (Kansas.) (Not, like, the state of Wichita.) (That is not a state.) (Come on, guys.) Well, if you are really asking, that’s OK! For the answer to that question — and the answers to many others about the Shockers — take a look at Shane Ryan’s primer, posted on Grantland this February. We quote:
Q: Where is Wichita State?
A: In Wichita, Kansas. “Wichita” is a Native American word that means “Witch’s Toe.” (I made that up.)
The school was established in 1895, and the official motto is: “Thinkers, Doers, Movers and Shockers.”
Q: Are you going to make a joke about the nickname?
A: I’ll leave that to every college student in America in about one month. Sound fair? In fact, I’ve vowed to make it through this whole post without slipping once.
That was pretty helpful, right? Do keep reading for more info on Shockers coach Gregg Marshall, the details on 7-foot senior Garrett Stutz, and absolutely zero jokes about the Shockers’ nickname.
Wichita State is scheduled to face VCU at 7:15 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.