Shockers solidifying shaky spot in NCAA Tournament field

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State’s revamped team is not only cruising along at 13-4 and 9-2 in the American Athletic Conference, it jumped into first place Thursday night with a 68-63 win over sixth-ranked Houston. It was the Shockers’ eighth win this season by no more than five points, and their highest-ranked victim at home since beating No. 2 Louisville in 1967. It also probably pushed the Shockers from the NCAA Tournament bubble to firmly in the field. Not bad for a program that turned over almost its entire roster from last season, then watched coach Gregg Marshall depart amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse just prior to the start of the season.