The Wichita State Shockers began the season ranked in the top 25 because of their trip to the Final four last year as well as the number of returning players. So far this season, the Shockers have beat up on lesser opponents, giving no meaning to the number in front of their name.
However, that changed when Wichita State defeated one of the favorites to win the Atlantic 10, the St. Louis Billikins, by a score of 70 – 65. Wichita State trailed at half, but outplayed the Billikins in the second half. All five of the Shockers’ starters had at least 10 points and Ron Baker led all scorers with 22. The victory over St. Louis has been the first truly impressive victory all season for Wichita State.
The next major game for Wichita State will come against the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee has had an up and down start to the 2013 – 14 college basketball season with games that they have looked extremely bad as well as games that they look like a potential threat to the SEC. The Shockers will have to be at their best for this game, because the Volunteers will be the first opponents they’ve faced all season with a chance of winning a major conference.
If Wichita State can defeat Tennessee as well as the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Shockers could finish this season undefeated. No team in Missouri Valley Conference play should stand a chance against the Shockers, which means that Wichita State has a legitimate chance at making it to the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.