Shockers take early lead for AAC title

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January 10, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Head coach Gregg Marshall of the Wichita State Shockers looks on in a game during 2018. DONALD MIRALLE/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

WICHITA, Kan. — Three years ago when Wichita State made the transition to the American Athletic Conference, the Shockers had dreams of nights like Thursday at Koch Arena.

A nationally-ranked showdown. A flawlessly-executed blackout by the fans. A national television audience.

WSU lived out that dream on Thursday, as the No. 23 Shockers handled business against No. 21 Memphis with a 76-67 victory that gives them the upper hand, at least early, in the race for the conference title. WSU improved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in AAC play, while Memphis (12-3, 1-1) dropped its second straight game.

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