The win by Wichita State University was unmistakeable, overcoming Indiana State on the court 83-69 Sunday. But you wouldn’t guess it if you took a look at the Missouri Valley Conference championship T-shirts.
Though the correct logo appeared on the front of the shirts given to the winning team, the conference bracket printed on the back had the wrong champion.
Fortunately, the Shockers were only too happy to wear the shirts to, in effect, add salt to the wound.
“It [doesn't] matter,” Shockers point guard Fred VanVleet said, according to Fox Sports. ”We won. So we’ve got the T-shirts on, [and] they don’t get to wear them today.”
The wrong bracket also was likely printed on the shirts that Indiana would have worn had they won. A conference official told Fox Sports both the printing company and a league proofreader missed the mistake.
“It’s funny. Like, OK, oh well,” Shockers’ athletics director Eric Sexton said. ”But guess what? We’re cutting down the nets.”
Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win after going 18-0 in the conference regular season.
Wichita State’s last nine victories have all been by double digits, and the Shockers won 12 of 14 in the Indiana State series.
The Shockers will be sent corrected shirts, but Yahoo reported that they’ll likely wear the “hairshirts of external doubt” into the NCAA tournament.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.