Wichita State fights off Ohio State rally to reach Final Four

The Wichita State Shockers were runners-up in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, losing to Creighton in the title game, 68-65. They are led by forward Cleanthony Early, who averaged 13.7 points per game and posted a 12-point, seven-rebound

The ninth-seeded team from Kansas concluded its siege through the West Regional on Saturday with a 70-66 win over Ohio State in front of 17,998 at Staples Center. Wichita State is the first team seeded No. 9 to reach the Final Four since Penn in 1979.

From his courtside Staples Center seat, Elgin watched ninth-seeded Wichita State physically dominate its Big Ten opponent Ohio State from the opening tip. He watched the Shockers jump to a 13-point halftime lead, eventually extend it to 20 points in

Wichita State advanced to the Final Four on Saturday with a four-point win over No. 2 seed Ohio State. But since the Shockers reside in the Missouri Valley Conference, they're still unknown to many. That's about to change.

Wichita State is headed to the Final Four, and these Shockers should be no surprise to anybody. Not after the way they held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.