ATLANTA (AP) — Fast Fact: What's a Shocker?
As the lowest seed still playing — and one of the lowest ever to reach the final weekend — Wichita State's nickname is appropriate.
But where did "the Shockers" come from?
University lore traces the name to 1904, when a football manager called the team as the "Shockers" to drum up interest in a gridiron matchup with the Chilocco Indians. He reportedly chose the name because many players spent the offseason harvesting or "shocking" wheat in fields surrounding Wichita.
Wichita State bills its costumed mascot WuShock — who bears a resemblance to a giant, more-intense Bart Simpson — as "a big, bad, muscle-bound bundle of wheat."
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