The No. 10 Wichita State Shockers defeated the Davidson Wildcats 81-70 behind the 24-point, 10 rebound double-double of Cleanthony Early. Wichita State was never really threatened until a barrage of threes late in the game by Davidson, but pulled away due to excellent defense and the ability to force turnovers.
The win over the Wildcats means that Wichita State finishes their non-conference schedule 12-0 with good wins against the Tennessee Volunteers, Alabama Crimson Tide and St. Louis Billikins. These three teams are expected to make late pushes for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and potentially compete for their respective conference titles.
After their strong showing in non-conference play, the Shockers will enter Missouri Valley Conference play without many opportunities for an upset.
Three teams in the MVC have at least nine wins, but the most dangerous teams to Wichita State’s potential undefeated season are the Indiana State Sycamores and the Illinois State Redbirds. The Sycamores have great wins over the then-No. 23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Belmont Bruins, and are legitimately Wichita State’s only major threat in conference play, but Illinois State is more of a wild card.
The Redbirds have lost some really bad games, but have an impressive win over the then-No. 25 Dayton Flyers.
However, don’t expect Wichita State to get upset. The Shockers are far too disciplined and experienced to fall to weaker teams due to a lack of concentration, and should finish out the season undefeated. An undefeated Wichita State team could even steal a No. 1 seed to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.