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March Madness NCAA Bracket 2013 No.1 seed Gonzaga Shocked; Loses to Wichita State

By Crystal Henderson, EnStars
on Mar 24, 2013 09:31 AM EDT
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Wichita State shocked the NCAA Men's Tournament Saturday when they defeated the No.1 seed Gonzaga, 76-70.

In a stunning March Madness victory, the Shockers advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga became the first number one seed to be eliminated.

"They never quit," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "You know we got the big lead, Gonzaga makes a great run as a No. 1 team in the country would, and these guys dig down."

The Shockers, who defeated Pittsburgh in the first round on Thursday shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent overall.

Wichita Shockers didn't miss a shot for nearly seven minutes late in the second half, stretch that included five three-pointers. They held the lead which turned a seven-point deficit into a 76-70 win in one of the tournament's biggest upsets.

 "It was pretty indescribable, the feeling when your shot goes in. It's something that just sends chills down your spine with how exciting it is," Ron Baker said, who scored 16 points. "And when it happens how many ever times in a row, it's a life memory, I'll tell you that."

Gonzaga, who were playing in their 15th straight NCAA tournament have not advanced past the Sweet Sixteen round since 1999.

"I was just disappointed that with 1 second left that we even let him get a 3 off," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "That was a mental error on our part."

With one day remaining in the tournament's opening weekend, the West's region 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 seeds all have been knocked out.

"The improbable is happening this year," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "(Gonzaga is) a great team; they have a great coach, a great program, but today they had to beat us, and our guys were able to pull it out."

The Shockers will go up against the winner of Sunday's game between La Salle and Ole Miss. 

Last year, Wichita State won the Missouri Valley Conference and earned a No. 5 seed, but lost in the first round No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth.

Coach Gregg Marshall ran over to the Wichita State cheering section after the game and held up his hands in the school's Shocker symbol.

"We're going to L.A., baby!" he screamed.

In a post-game interview, Marshall credited his team for the hard work and excellence they demonstrated on the court.  "Maybe one day we can be the No. 1 team in the country, the No. 1 seed and all that. I'm just excited for this year to be in the Sweet 16, have a chance to go to the Elite 8 next week." 

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