Blue and orange scattered the Sprint Center in Kansas City at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. A few fans were here and there to cheer on BYU and Texas in the first game of the night. By halftime they were swallowed by the overwhelming sea of yellow. The WSU Shocker fans had arrived and the atmosphere was electric.
"It was a great advantage," WSU senior guard Nick Wiggins said. "I feel like we were in Shocker nation. Not Koch Arena because there is no place like Koch but it was great it felt like we were at home."
Nothing can replicate Koch Arena but this was pretty close. The giant cardboard WuShocks, thousands of screaming fans, and a team battling for a championship were all the elements that were present...Sound familiar?
"Just in this environment we were joking around in shoot around and said that it reminded us of our tournament run and just the whole setting so we are just feeding off of that," senior forward Cleanthony Early said. "We had a lot of fans here supporting us so we just try to embrace it and play with it."
If one thing is for sure, Shocker basketball fans travel and they travel well. I guess you could say, they travel angry.
"I feel like we have the best fans in the nation," junior guard Tekele Cotton said. "I feel like they are always going to be here to support us and that's what we've got here so we have a little bit of a home advantage."
The Shockers will face BYU in the CBE championship. It's a chance for this year's team to start it's own chapter and separate themselves from last year's team. It's a chance for the sea of yellow to once again take over Kansas City and be the momentum boost their team needs on the road. The fans have eliminated the idea that this is a neutral site. This week the Sprint Center is Shocker territory.