The Wichita State Shockers absolutely shocked the world on Saturday night — and yes, we will all be hearing more “shocker” puns than any of us were ever prepared for now that this squad is in the Final Four.
Everyone and their mother figured Ohio State’s path to the the final rounds was easier than anyone else’s in the Tournament — but no one was giving the team that knocked off No. 1-seed Gonzaga any credit.
There was a reason why WSU was able to do what it did, and that reason is talent. Against Ohio State, the Shockers showed off the type of speed and tenacious defensive effort that turns a group of young men into a team of champions.
[Related: Li’l Wayne is a big college basketball fan]
Obviously, the collective brackets of the nation are just so, so wrong at this point, and that is alright. A 70-66 win over the Buckeyes made for thrilling basketball, and the Twitterverse reacted in kind.
We collected the very best fan reactions from the massive upset.
Mind.Blown.Helluva an effort to make it interesting.Don’t underestimate former Buckeye Devon Smith on WSU staff.
— BEAU BISHOP (@BeauBishop) March 31, 2013
For all my friends that go to WSU, GO TO ATLANTA. I decided not to go last year for KU, and it was one of the worst decisions of my life.
— Lexi Coffey (@lexicoffey) March 31, 2013
— Dustin Snyder (@dROB49) March 31, 2013
Wichita State: Bringing KU & KSU fans together since 2013
— Kansas-Sports.com (@sportsinkansas) March 31, 2013
Quick everybody off the FGCU bandwagon the WSU bandwagon is ready to leave for atlanta.
— Gregg Maruca (@GMaruca123) March 31, 2013
“@bluejaybuff: Anyone who says, “I refuse to cheer for WSU because they’re all corncobs,” they all live in CornCob City USA.
— Rick (@RickInOmaha) March 31, 2013
I don’t really care much for sports, I don’t go to WSU, I didn’t even grow up here. But I live in Wichita now, and I’m proud of this team.
— Rachel Funk (@disco_funk) March 31, 2013
— WoahItsDUSTIN (@WoahItsDUSTIN) March 31, 2013
My neighbors are popping fireworks because of WSU. It was cool the first 30 minutes but not I just want my mom to call the popo.
— Camille Patrick (@Hooper_iAM) March 31, 2013
When WSU win the ship they better have a fukn parade for them!
— ForeverHisLadyy ! (@__amelie1522) March 31, 2013
Team expected at 3 AM – no rally planned says WSU.#watchus
— JoanBarrett (@KWCHJBarrett) March 31, 2013
I’m just gonna make a wild guess that there are a lot of brackets out there with a huge gaping hole that WSU is now filling.
— kbeware (@kbeware) March 31, 2013
Am I a bandwagoner because I like WSU??? REALLY??? I mean i live like right down the street from campus
— Nic Jr. (@FlemingNic) March 31, 2013
K States Greatest year ever just got overshadowed by WSU #Shox
— Tanner Stenzel (@tjstenzel) March 31, 2013
Great but stressful game!!! WSU Rocks!!!
— Ang (@dillonjakl) March 31, 2013
— James(@TheJamesAlan) March 31, 2013
— Aiswariya Ramaswamy (@aiswariyar) March 31, 2013
Don’t know about that. WSU was underseed imo. MT @zombieredskin Wichita State going to the Final Four. They’re the real Cinderella this yr.
— Josh Manning (@Josh1Manning) March 31, 2013
— Matt Gaskin (@Matt_G53) March 31, 2013
I can’t believe that WSU beat OSU! Like damn… I can’t wait to run into some Buckeye fans #HazingTime
— Dom ⚓ (@Khalifakid2012) March 31, 2013
— Filling N 4 Travis (@tscates) March 31, 2013
If you had WSU in your bracket in the final four you know nothing about basketball and should tell no one.
— David Brox (@OdoggBrox) March 31, 2013
How did the WSU game turn out? Cuz I definitely didn’t just read 12 consecutive tweets about it
— Jordan Schrag (@therealdigdug) March 31, 2013
— Justin Barton (@thejustinbarton) March 31, 2013
— jeff hersh (@kufbrocks) March 31, 2013
Bandwagon or no bandwagon. …WSU deserves respect!!
— AB☆ (@ArinBillingsly) March 31, 2013
It’s official guys….. I’m jumping on that Wichita state bandwagon!! #WSU
— Jacob Fleck (@JFlex303) March 31, 2013