Wichita State Basketball: Keys to the Shockers' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run

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Wichita State Basketball: Keys to the Shockers' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run
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The Wichita State Shockers were surprisingly eliminated in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament's semifinals by Illinois State, but they were able to secure a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament by virtue of their strong 27-5 overall record.

Wichita State missed out on March Madness last season, but it still had a very fruitful postseason as it managed to beat Alabama to win the NIT. While the NIT obviously isn't on the same level of importance as the NCAA tournament, it allowed a lot of players to get some big-game experience.

The Shockers have had quite a bit of success in the NCAA tournament during their history, and although they are normally considered underdogs, big things are expected of Wichita State this season. That isn't to say that the Shockers are in the national title hunt, but you never know as mid-majors like Butler and VCU have made a lot of noise in recent years.

Here is everything you need to know about Wichita State's upcoming NCAA tournament run.

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