Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that the no. 1 undefeated team in college basketball, the Syracuse Orange, fell to one of the worst teams in the ACC, Boston College. While Syracuse was losing, the only other undefeated team in college basketball, the No. 3 Wichita State Shockers, was attempting to remain undefeated against the Loyola (IL) Ramblers.
The Shockers only led by seven at halftime, but the Ramblers never really stood a chance against the top team in the Missouri Valley Conference. Ron Baker had an off night but still scored 10 points, while Cleathony Early had 18. Fred VanVleet had his best performance of the season, going 100 percent from the field – yes, I said 100 percent from the field. He went 6-of-6 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the free throw line, finishing with 22 total points en route to an 88-74 Shockers victory.
Now that Wichita State is the lone undefeated team in college basketball, they’re likely to be in the conversation for the no. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Although they have a much weaker schedule than the no. 2 Florida Gators, the Shockers deserve the no. 1 overall seed. I believe Florida is a better team and is the team with the highest chance of winning the 2014 NCAA national championship, but it’s going to be next to impossible to not give the no. 1 overall seed to an undefeated team.
It’ll be a shame to see a Wichita State team with 30-plus wins not be given the benefit of the doubt on Selection Sunday; however, the good news for the Shockers is that the Selection Committee tends to undervalue SEC teams, giving Wichita State more of an opportunity to jump Florida near the end.
Expect big things from the Shockers in the tournament, whether they get the overall no. 1 seed they deserve or not.