- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wichita State

Last season: 30-5, 17-1 MVC; Lost to Notre Dame in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament.

Nickname: Shockers.

Coach: Gregg Marshall.

Conference: Missouri Valley.

Key returners: PG Fred VanVleet averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 assists last season … SG Ron Baker averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists while joining VanVleet in earning honorable mention All-America … SFs Evan Wessel, Zach Brown and Rashard Kelly, PFs Shaq Morris and Rauno Nurger and C Bush Wamukota played meaningful minutes last season. … SG Conner Frankamp is eligible in December after transferring from Kansas … SF Anton Grady averaged 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds at Cleveland State. … Freshman G Landry Shamet and F Markis McDuffie could play early.

Who left: SG Tekele Cotton was one of Valley’s best defensive players … PF Darius Carter averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while providing size in the paint.

The Skinny: The Shockers have won at least 30 games each of the past three seasons, and beat Kansas in last year’s NCAA Tournament. But winning conference titles and making the dance are merely baseline expectations these days. An abundance of returning talent combined with an influx of high-profile transfers and elite talent means the Shockers have their sights set on another deep March run - maybe even another trip to the Final Four.

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