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After surprising Final Four run, Shockers know they won't sneak up on anybody next season

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    Wichita State's Tekele Cotton (32) heads to the hoop under the defense of Louisville's Gorgui Dieng (10) during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/NCAA Photos, Chris Steppig) (The Associated Press)

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    Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall and Wichita State's Tekele Cotton watch play against Louisville during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville won 72-68. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

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    Wichita State's Ehimen Orukpe sits in the locker room after the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Louisville Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville won 72-68. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (The Associated Press)

There's no way Wichita State is going to shock anybody next season.

The upstarts from the Missouri Valley Conference were picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the league this year, only natural after losing all five starters from a team that won enough to earn a No. 5 seed to the NCAA tournament last season.

But with an entirely new group of guys running the show, coach Gregg Marshall's bunch got on the kind of late roll that Butler and VCU know real well, and the result was the school's first trip to the Final Four since 1965.

Now, with leading scorer Cleanthony Early and several other key contributors coming back next season, the Shockers are sure to be the mid-major everybody has on their radar.