The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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March 30, 2013

Fear the wheat: Shockers get additional March Madness motivation

WICHITA, Kan. — If the Wichita State University Shockers win the NCAA Division I basketball championship, Pizza Hut officials have promised to feed the students for free in the original restaurant building on campus the Thursday after the final game.

The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958 in Wichita and the building was later moved to campus in 1986 for use by student groups. Spokesman Doug Terfehr said in an email Friday night that the chain will bring in a mobile kitchen to prepare and serve the pizzas, and open the restaurant building for students to sit and eat.

The chain would also offer a $9 pizza deal, matching the Shockers’ NCAA seeding, for people who sign up online.

Any more last-second 3-pointers from Ohio State — which has won two straight  in dramatic fashion to meet the Shockers in the regional final — and Wichita State students will be depressed AND hungry.

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