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What if Wichita State won?


Let’s play the completely futile game of ‘what if’ for a moment. I know it seems pointless, but I found myself daydreaming about the underdog story that we could’ve had the chance to see had Wichita State advanced to the national championship game. It would have been an exciting storyline and a lot of fun to watch. Everyone knows the national loves an underdog (just like they love cheering for those overcoming a tragic experience, i.e. Ware and UofL). Here are four nice things that could have come to fruition if WSU beat the Cards:

(1) A chance to see the lowest seed since ’85 Villanova (#8) be a champion. Do you remember that wide-eyed feeling of excitement as Gordon Hayward’s buzzer beating half-court shot floated towards the basket in hope of downing Duke for the title? That feeling is what sports are all about, and that’s when March Madness is at its peak. If the Shockers had beat the Cards, we could have had another chance to witness a great storyline play out in the finals.

(2) Solid proof that this was the year that anyone could beat anyone on any given night. My theory since before the season started was that no team in America was the clear cut best. UofL and IU were good but in no way did I think the preseason #1 and #2 intimidating. Since then, we’ve seen analysts and fans alike call this a ‘down year.’ The lack of surefire future NBA stars and dominant teams led to that conclusion, but the parity was compelling. I was hoping to see no favorites in the title game, and a #9 vs. #4 title game would have been so fitting.

(3) Freedom from incessant Card-fan boasting and ridicule. While Ware’s injury had me cheering for them to beat Duke, I now fear (and already can’t escape) the ridicule from UofL fans about the Cats disappointing season. If the Cards win a title, we won’t hear the end of it. WSU had a chance to insure we could be free of that. Okay, maybe not all the way free. But it wouldn’t have been as bad as them waving a national title in front of our face for another 365 days.

(4) We could’ve witnessed the nation throw this up in unison:

But alas, we cannot. It was a nice run by the Shockers, but the reality of a potential UofL title is setting in. Not sure how I feel about that.

Article written by Chris Thomas

53 Comments for What if Wichita State won?

  1. DB11
    4:04 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    They should have won. For 75% of the game the refs called a fair game and the Shockers lead throughout. For the last 10 minutes the officiating was horrid and Louisville won because of it. Along with swallowing their whistles as UL fouled 2-4 times per possession, they also made the terrible double foul call and the WORST call I may have ever seen with the jump ball at the end.

  2. EELUK
    4:07 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    It’s only, “Alas” Not But, Alas. That’s redundant.

  3. Math Whiz
    4:07 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    You realize a #9 seed is lower than a #8 seed, right?? Lowest seed since #8 doesn’t really work here… You get how that works, right??

  4. mike and ike
    4:11 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    As a Cardinal fan, if we are fortunate enough to beat an outstanding Michigan team tomorrow night, I will feel more relief than elation. The past two weeks have been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I would hope most of my fellow UofL fans would have enough class to not gloat. Both UK and UofL have storied traditions, and enthusiastic fanbases. I wish for once the two sides could just coexist, and respect one another’s greatness. The state of Kentucky is indeed the home of college basketball greatness.

  5. Deal with it
    4:13 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Even if the tards don’t win the championship, their season ends playing in the big dance. Ours ended in a high school gym against gulp”ROBERT MORRIS”. So , give credit where it’s due the tards had a story book season across the board in all sports. So , being a cat fan i am not going to act like a fool and down play their accomplishments’ this year.
    We had our thing last year, and we can’t and will not always be on top. Sometimes, just be civil about things.

  6. Hmmmmm
    4:21 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    3) He’s saying that Wichita St. would have been the lowest seeded team since the 1985 #8 seed Villanova team won the title. He’s not making a direct comparison or calling them the lowest seeded team ever. Clearly, he says “since ’85”. This means that between ’86 and the present a team seeded 8 or lower hasn’t won the title. You get how that works, right?

  7. minister516
    4:22 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    I hope the Cards win because when UK wins it next year that will be 3 in a row for the state of Kentucky. Then maybe we won’t have to listen to how Duke and Carolina are the nation’s best rivalry. Besides, if Louisville never wins anything, there will be no rivalry. Let’s have a little old fashioned competition because it makes for more fun when we beat them. I actually like this particular team and that is unusual.

  8. Ed T. Rush
    4:24 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    No way Wichita was going to win. Did u see the calls at the end ofthe game? A Cancun trip is a powerful pay out.

  9. nookinpanub
    4:26 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    nah, heck with it— Go Michigan!

  10. Redfish1
    4:29 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #5. I’m a Cats fan all the way but I’d rather see the NCAA champ come from the state of Kentucky for 3 years straight…counting 14′ for the Cats of course…than the trophy land in Michigan. It is what it is….we greatly under performed and we were bad…they lived up to their ranking and they were good in 2013′. By the way my favorite all time moment as a Cat fan was letting my Super Dome Final 4 seat cushion fly when the clock hit zero against the Cards last year on Saturday night in NOLA!

  11. Lance
    4:31 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with number 8. The refs let Van Treese run over a guy on the in-bounds play, the mystical double foul and then the jump ball. The refs were hard on the Cards early but let them do what they always do, enjoy pressure sefense without calling a foul.

  12. Tom Jurich
    4:37 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    What if you didn’t lose to Bob Morris?

  13. Ref
    4:37 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    People like to complain about that questioable jump ball. But no one mentions the one a few minutes earlier where Siva ripped it away from a WSU player and would likely had led to a hoop. Refs instead called a jump ball. The ball was tied up for less time than the one in question. Not to mention the fact that the Baker kid walked on the last supposed held ball.

  14. The other big blue
    4:45 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Really not sure why people are even thinking about a UofL title. Michigan is going to win this game tomorrow people. UofL looks like a team who has been winning games because they are “expected too”. Michigan on the other hand looks like a team that has been on a mission in the tourney. Certainly a refuse to lose mentality. As ive said in a couple other posts Michigan has the only guard in the country that can truly break UofL’s press in Trey Burke and Hardaway Jr is a great 2 guard whos just been down a bit in the tourney. McGary has played like a man possessed and they have great role players in Robinson Jr, Stauskis (spelling?), Horford, etc. Michigan 77 UofL 71. Go (the other) Big Blue

  15. The other big blue
    4:50 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Robinson III*** not Jr. My bad!

  16. dave
    5:02 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    stupid. this post wreaks of lil bro syndrome. they won. walk it off. post pics of hot chicks over this.

  17. I would give her
    5:04 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    2 in the pink and one in the stink

  18. Reality Check
    5:06 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    What if Matt didn’t prefer big black dongs? But he does. So, it is what it is.

    5:08 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Michigan wins 69-54.. I hope its a little closer but it wont be.. SMith/SIva/jango-unchained are all hacks and will foul out if the refs call the game the way they should

  20. BlueFins
    5:10 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    It’s been a constant bombardment of UL & Ware for a week. Can only imagine what winning would be like. Hell, there are still 91′ Fiesta Bowl billboards around town. Their desparation for anything has only been surpassed by IU recently, but still obnoxious.

    And what’s the over under for shootings in celebration? We’re sitting at 1. I guess we celebrate differently; UK college kids burn nasty couches, UL folks shoot nasty people.

  21. BooHoo
    5:14 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    20) Crybaby!

  22. Mayor Jim Gray
    5:14 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    17. That offends me. Go Cards!

  23. hammer
    5:14 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    What if the cats had beaten Robert Morris?

  24. drewsster02
    5:14 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Personally, I am not that worried about Louisville winning it all. Now, had they won it with Rick before we had won another title, that would be much harder to take. But I still don’t think we remember how unique and special last year was. Not just that we won the title but that we had the opportunity to beat our two greatest rivals along the way in Indiana and Louisville. And not to mention that we also beat a team that is another top basketball program in Kansas for the title. It was a story-book like year in which our head coach also had the opportunity to best the coach that ruined his undefeated season with Memphis in 2008.

    We are the Yankees of college basketball. We are going to win more champions than everyone else, but we can’t win one every year. Maybe I’m not that disturbed about it because I don’t have to put up with Louisville fans like most of you do. I did have a text from a Louisville fan that I consider a friend that said, “In Louisville today celebrating the victory.” I replied, “You should celebrate, 27 years is a long time to wait to be in the title game… Maybe they won’t choke.” So I’m not going to kick my cat or throw a lamp through the window if the Cards win tomorrow. The fact is, they will never have the ability to sustain excellence. Sure, we have down years, but when it comes to Kentucky Basketball the question isn’t “if” we will another title, but “when.”

  25. RuppsRunts
    5:20 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Just watched clips of the uofl pc from earlier today. Russ Smith said he is coming back next year. They basically lose Siva and maybe Dieng. They will be tough again next year.

  26. NeverUnderstood
    5:20 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    I never understood why fans of any team but especially UK feel the need to defend the Wildcats to anyone for anything. Their history and accomplishments speak for themselves. So what if Louisville wins tomorrow night and so what if UK had a crappy year and lost to Robert Morris. Really? UK is UK and I don’t waste my time arguing with people that try to bring them down because at the end of the day UK is the greatest tradition in basketball history and if someone doesn’t want to accept that their ignorance isn’t worth engaging in.

  27. Hahahahaha
    5:22 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahahahaha. We will beat them by at least 20 next year regardless of who they have. Go Cats!!!

  28. John Ellis
    5:26 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Wichita State did win, outplayed and outcoached Lullville. But Louisville outscored them because they got rattled by the press for a couple of minutes. I think Michigan will win actually, if they are hitting any threes at all. But if not, Rupp next year should be a very interesting place for the defending national champs.

  29. Bluecat
    5:26 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Utter and complete SICKNESS. Anyone who says they wanted loserville to
    win (unless they are a troll invadind this site), will realize the complete foolishness of that thinking. loserville and all their ilk, hate everything and anything BLUE with an eternal passion. Keeping them down is the obly way to have it. Kentucky must always DOMINATE them year by year.

    They already are aware we are back in spades next season. Their primary reason for wanting to win so bad this year is twofold, #1, they haven’t won a title in over twenty-seven years!
    and #2, they sat idily by last year and watched BBN hang another banner, our Eighth overall.

    If ul wins a title once every twenty-seven years it will take them One-hundred and forty years
    just to catch us, provided we haven’t won another eight by that time!, Go BLUE & Michigan too!

  30. John Ellis
    5:26 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin said he was coming back too. Russ would be an idiot to come back, in next year’s draft he’ll drop a lot. When his family tells him this, he’ll go.

  31. mashburnfan1
    5:31 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    For sure Pitino won’t have the Cards losing in 1st round of NIT next year. I know we won last year but that does not make up for what happened this year….No Excuse for it as bad as college bball is.

  32. Dave
    5:31 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t get it. In what world is it ok for a member of bbn to pull for ul? Pick a side and stick with it. …and don’t come back next year when we’re celebrating #9 you front-running weasels.

  33. Question
    5:33 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    I Cal were coaching this current uofl team with the schedule they have played, would he be 34-5 right now? Also, would Cal have gotten last year’s uofl squad to the final four?

  34. 2Blue4u
    5:40 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Refs poor job last two minutes changing how to call the game complete opposite as they called the entire previous minutes. Van Teese palm hand strike to Bakers face should’ve been flagrant 1. Jump ball call was worse call of game especially after photo shots and replay. Down year? Heck no! The game has gotten more competitive across the board.

  35. 2Blue4u
    5:42 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares! Dukee lost..that’s highlight of whole tourney!

  36. mashburnfan1
    5:43 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    33} answers are 29-10 and NO

  37. Ref
    6:06 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    34) What about the Baker grabbing Van Treese around the waist and holding him before Van Treese fouled him? Should that have been ignored?

  38. Inspector
    6:35 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Prickno did not shake hands with shockers coach til after game
    Would not even do it prior to tip off when they were introduced bad taste in my opinion by prickno

  39. The Word
    6:40 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Go Michigan!!!

  40. In bad taste
    7:00 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    You think Ricky 3 stacks gave Karen Sypher the Witchita St.

  41. UKRulZ
    7:08 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Ukay Rulz! Sour Grapes all around!!!!!!!!!

  42. Wildcatsteeler
    7:30 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    If they can almost (should have) lose to a team that couldn’t hit a shot they can definitely lose to one that can. And that’s Michigan.

  43. Wildcatsteeler
    7:32 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    @33 Who knows. All we know is he took a team with far less experience and beat your Final 4 team last year and ended up winning it all. I guess coming from a fan that has spent the last 27 years saying “what if” it’s hard for you to break that habit.

  44. Bulldawg
    7:46 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    In reference to your first point Chris, you might want to do a little research. I am pretty sure Uconn was a 9 seed in the tourney when they knocked off UK and Brandon Knight. #9 seed Uconn went on to win the title and that was just a couple years ago…smdh.

  45. Math Whiz
    7:48 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    #6 If wichita would have won the tourney they would be the lowest seed EVER to win it, not the lowest seed since 1985… You get how that works, right??

  46. Math Whiz
    7:52 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    UConn was a 3 seed in 2011

  47. Jon
    7:57 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    If UofL wins, the state of Kentucky will have the same amount of titles as UCLA!

  48. Just wondering
    8:02 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    WhAt seed was arizona when they beat us in 97

  49. Sammydog
    8:28 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Russ Smith is a great college player but he is too small for the NBA. He will get killed in the draft next year.Probably best he enjoy his college career for four years or try this year when draft is weak.

  50. big O
    8:42 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    What if KSR fired Thomas and we would not have to read garbage like this? Come on Matt Jones, you can find better journalists than this guy!

  51. Wildcatsteeler
    9:08 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    @44 You might want to do some research yourself instead of sydh. They were a 3 seed.

    9:55 pm April 7, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure how you feel about that?? WHAT? It sucks! – that’s how you should feel. It’s like we’re living in some sort of weird alternate reality right now. Let’s hope CAPT Cal can set things right and get the Cats back to their rightful place. And let’s hope Ricky P gets the itch to do something stupid like he did in 96. You know he has higher aspirations than being a dirty bird and the ego that tell him he could do better.

  53. quibids bid tracker
    11:49 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hiya, I was reading another factor about this on one more blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically contradicted from what I read earlier. I’m nevertheless pondering on the opposite points of view, but I’m leaning to a good extent toward yours. And irrespective, that’s what’s so perfect about modern-day democracy and the market of ideas online.