The Wichita State Shockers might join a different conference.
Wichita State is known for its dominant basketball team. The Shockers are no stranger to the NCAA tournament. Wichita State takes on Dayton in a much-hyped game later today.
This news today, however, has nothing to do with the Shockers making a run in the NCAA Tournament this year. No, we’re here to talk about a possible change in conference for Wichita State.
According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the Shockers could leave the Missouri Valley Conference.
Conversations with sources around college sports this week revealed Wichita upgrading its league—likely to the American Athletic Conference—as a distinct possibility in the near future. This could happen in as soon as the next few months or may take a year or two. But the odds are increasing that the Shockers will end up somewhere else, with the AAC offering the highest profile and making the most sense.
The AAC is reportedly exploring ways to bolster its basketball reputation. The league has 12 members for football, but just 11 for basketball. A marriage with Wichita State would certainly help both of those causes.