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As of late Tuesday afternoon, banners recognizing nine Missouri Valley Conference schools remained in the rafters of Koch Arena.

Freshman forward Lanie Page is leaving the women's basketball program, head coach Jeff Mittie announced in a statement today.

The Shockers could reportedly begin play in the AAC as early as next fall. Wichita State made the Sweet 16 last season, and in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, earned a 10-seed, which many deemed too low, and lost another close Round of 32 game to No. 2 Kentucky.

The addition of WSU would give the AAC 12 League members for basketball.

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Wichita State President John Bardo said joining the conference will not only improve the school's athletic standing, it also will allow it to improve academics by making new connections with other top research universities. They haven't had one since 1986, and Navy is apart of the AAC simply as a football school. The AAC usually receives two or more bids to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, including four in 2016. Wichita State Athletic Director Darron Boatright said the upward trajectory of the athletic department will changes, monetarily will be shared by many.

"We are pleased and proud to welcome Wichita State to The American", American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement Friday.

Wichita State guard Landry Shamet goes to the basket against Illinois State center Daouda Ndiaye, right, and guard DJ Clayton during the first half on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in St. Louis, Mo. The next and only AAC team to be listed is Cincinnati at No. 13. Now the American Conference has just eight teams competing in baseball, which means a 24 game conference season, and playing one team in two series and every other team just in one series. As recently as mid-February, sources close to both sides were admitting that the Big East and CT had been talking about a membership agreement. But, you never know what two teams suddenly have a great season and end up with the best records in the league. The football side of the MVC includes a 10-member league that is one of the best in the country in the Football Championship Series.


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