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Report: Wichita State Will Head To AAC If Invited

Wichita State has established itself as a mid-major basketball powerhouse in recent years. Now, the Shockers could be moving up the conference ranks.

Earlier this month, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reported that Wichita State is mulling over a move from the Missouri Valley Conference to the American Athletic Conference, where it would join programs like Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, Temple, and UConn.

Now, it sounds like the ball is in the AAC's court.

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Wichita State is set to make the jump if it is invited to the league.

Wichita State would accept an invitation to move to the American Athletic Conference from the Missouri Valley Conference if the league decides in the coming weeks and or months to extend that offer, university sources told ESPN on Thursday.

A source with direct knowledge told ESPN on Thursday that the AAC will make a decision on Wichita State soon.

According to the report, Wichita would join the conference for the 2018-19 season, and would become the 12th program in AAC basketball. The football side of the league has 12 members, with Navy in as a football-only school. Wichita State would be bringing the rest of its programs to AAC as well. It would also be a severe blow to the MVC, which would likely drop down to true one-bid league status.

[ESPN]