2014 NCAA Tournament: Wichita State Reaches Historic Mark, Will Be No. 1 Seed

By Phil Naegely
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, No. 2 Wichita State blew out Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley University 69-49 and as a result improved to an historic 30-0 record. While the MVC does not feature tough competition, the Shockers showed why they indeed will be one of four No. 1 seeds during the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

March Madness will be in full swing in less than two weeks, and Wichita St. will be under the spotlight from all college basketball fans. However, their season play so far shows the validity of both their No. 2 ranking and their expected No. 1 seed. The latter is pending they do not lose in their last remaining regular season game against Missouri State or throughout the MVC tournament.

While their strength of schedule is very weak, Wichita St. will have no problem playing well in this year’s tournament. Last year, the Shockers advanced to the Final Four and played tough, top 25 teams along the way. This year’s squad has found success and remained undefeated due to the fact that they are not playing lazy or becoming content.

Most likely, Wichita St. will be the only MVC representative in the big dance this year, but that will not affect their tournament success. Overall, their willingness to play 100 percent throughout the season will benefit them down the home stretch. As they prepare for much harder opponents, their season long hard work will make it easier for them. Their perfect 30-0 record is indicative of their hard work and not letting their guard down.

All in all, Wichita St. has accomplished something that very few other college basketball teams have ever done. It should not matter that they play an “easy” schedule because upsets happen all the time. However, Wichita State has brought their A game every night which is why they are still undefeated, will be a No. 1 seed for this year’s tournament and will make a run to this year’s Final Four.

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