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Wichita State’s Evan Wessel (3) chases down a loose ball against Southern Illinois during a Missouri Valley Conference basketball game on Tuesday in Wichita.

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WICHITA — Phil Martelli remembers the crowds that started showing up for practices at Saint Joseph’s, bigger and bigger with every victory the Hawks put on the board.
Bruce Weber recalls going to a movie before a game at Northwestern, and his Illinois team was besieged while leaving the theater by fans seeking autographs and photos.
“It was so crazy,” Weber said this week. “It got to the point, in hotels we had to go in kitchen elevators to go up. We couldn’t go through the lobby. People would call the room and say they had room service, and ...

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