Shocker seniors step up, show leadership

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- After losing two-consecutive conference games, Gregg Marshall called his group out.

"Now would be a good time for a leader to step up," he said after the 73-59 loss to Houston.

Finally someone, or a group of guys, have done that and it's paying dividends.

The Shockers bounced back from an 81-79 overtime road loss to Temple last Thursday, to beat Memphis by 20 points on the road earlier this week.

Assistant Coach Kyle Lindsted said Zach Brown is making his voice heard in practice.

"It's about confidence and it's about having a positive mindset, and recommitting to bringing that passion day in and day out," he said. "I think Zach Brown was an extrovert and a verbal leader in the warm-ups and bringing energy and some passion, and it rubs off."

Lindsted the mentality-shift is thanks to all of the seniors.

"I think our seniors did a great job of leading, not so much in what they're saying, but with the energy they approach the game with," he said. "They did a really great job of knowing that was a must-win."

Wichita State hosts UConn Saturday at 5:00CT. The Shockers took the first meeting 72-62 in Hartford.