Shockers fly under the radar in loaded AAC for 2019-20 season


October 25, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Wichita State guard Erik Stevenson celebrates after hitting his third three-pointer in 2018. TRAVIS HEYING/ WICHITA EAGLE/TNS

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — All the attention in the American Athletic Conference these days is on Memphis, where new coach Penny Hardaway landed the nation’s best recruiting class, along with Houston and Cincinnati.

Kelvin Sampson has made the Cougars into a winner. The Bearcats have a new coach of their own.

But under the radar and out of the spotlight, Wichita State has quietly put together a team that could upend all those predictions of a three-way fight for the league title. They won nine of their last 11 games last season, won twice more in the AAC tourney and picked up three more wins in the NIT.

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