Sports Winter Sports — 31 January 2014
Sports:  Kansas college basketball teams rising among the ranks

Most years, people think of Kansas State University Wildcats as the football school, the University of Kansas Jayhawks the basketball school and Wichita State University Shockers as the baseball school. But, this year, all three of these teams are having success at basketball.

According to Sports Illustrated, after reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2013, WSU have started their season 23-0, which is their longest winning streak and their best start in school history.

Senior Ryan Schneider, an avid WSU fan, said, “I think WSU will stay undefeated in regular season because their conference isn’t very good.”

WSU started their season against Emporia State University, winning easily by a score of 93-50. Leading scorers for the Shockers were forward Cleanthony Early with 21 points, guard Ron Baker with 17 points and guard Fred VanVleet with 12 points.

Schneider said, “I knew WSU would be good this year since they made it to Final Four last year.”

Just as the Shockers are having an excellent season, KU is having a great season, also.

Schneider said, “I think KU is the best team in Kansas right now, athletic-wise.”

To end last year, KU lost in the Sweet 16 to Michigan, leaving some KU fans very disappointed. But, KU has started off this season with a record of 14-4.

Senior Josh Stevenson, a big KU fan, said, “I knew KU was going to lose a couple of games in the beginning because they are a young team.”

Most KU fans would say that KU is the best team in Kansas because they think WSU does not have a hard schedule.

Stevenson said, “KU is not the best team yet. They just need time to get some more experience. I’m predicting they will make it to the Sweet 16.”

Another stand-out team in Kansas is KSU. After losing their first regular season game of the year to Northern Colorado, some thought it was going to be a bad year for KSU.

Science teacher Kellie Milner said, “I’m always going to say KSU… I bleed purple!”

Many people think that when KSU and KU play at Kansas State, KSU will have a better chance of winning.

“We have a good chance if Wiggins doesn’t referee the game,” Milner said

In last year’s NCAA tournament, KSU got knocked off in the first round by the 13th-seed LaSalle, but with this year’s young team, they could get overlooked and upset some bigger schools.

Milner said, “We will fly under the radar and make it to the Sweet 16.”

Article and photo by Caleb Rogge, Staff Member

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