Wichita State Shocks Gonzaga with Third-Round Upset

Thad NovakCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Cleanthony Early #11 of the Wichita State Shockers celebrates after making a three-pointer in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The ninth-seeded Wichita State Shockers have upset the nation's top-ranked team by a 76-70 margin. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the first No. 1 seed to fall in the 2013 tournament.

Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine boards in the losing cause, but couldn't outdo the hot-shooting Shockers. The Zags lost in spite of an astonishing 20 offensive rebounds against a team that ranked in the nation's top 30 on the glass in the regular season.

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each had four of the Shockers' 14 three-pointers in tying for the team high with 16 points. Early and Carl Hall also combined for five blocks against the taller Gonzaga front line.

The win sends Wichita State to the Sweet 16, where it's guaranteed to face a fellow Cinderella candidate. The Shockers get the winner of 12th-seeded Ole Miss against 13th-seeded La Salle, meaning that a ninth seed (or lower) is guaranteed an Elite Eight spot.