Brown Produces a Wichita Spark

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Zach Brown gives Wichita State another spark

OMAHA Zach Brown, like most freshmen, endures bouts of inconsistency. But his productive stretches are becoming memorable.

Brown had his second strong NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, scoring seven points and scoring two baskets that kept WSUs momentum rolling as the Shockers built a double-digit lead on Kansas.

Brown, a 6-foot-6 swing forward, muscled past Kelly Oubre for a loose ball near midcourt in the second half, turning it into a breakaway dunk that put WSU ahead 56-45 with 9:33 to go.

About two minutes later, with Kansas within 10 points and operating a zone defense, Brown found himself open in the corner, and he swished a three-pointer that stretched the advantage to 58-45.

We know the spots that are going to be wide open, and the corner was one of them, Brown said. One of the things coach (Gregg Marshall) tells us is when you have open shots, knock them down with confidence.

Against Indiana in the second round on Friday, Brown set season-highs with 11 points, eight rebounds and 23 minutes.

Id say my confidence is starting to grow, especially (compared to) the beginning of the year, Brown said. Im just happy that coach is starting to see the hard work Im putting forth and having more faith in me to take and knock down shots.

Huddle up  Wichita State led 69-57 after a Tekele Cotton basket with 4:40 to play. It was far from over, at least according to point guard Fred VanVleet.

After the basket, Kansas called a timeout. Instead of immediately heading to the bench, the Shockers followed VanVleet to midcourt, where VanVleet urged his teammates to remain focused.

Fred really was just trying to make us stay poised, Cotton said. Tell us to stay level-headed and just stay in the game, keep the pressure on. He didnt say too much, he just kept us poised, like a leader.

Turning pro?  Freshman Kansas guard Kelly Oubre has a decision to make about his future. The former blue-chip recruit is projected to be a first-round pick in the NBA Draft if he turns pro this offseason.

But he could also return to college and star for Kansas as a sophomore.

He averaged close to nine points and five rebounds this season.

He is not sure what he will do.

I am just trying to wrap my head around this loss last game of the season I have no thoughts on my future I just want to be with my brothers right now.

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