Perhaps for the first 29 games, the Wichita State Shockers have been an afterthought because of their easy schedule and conference. Now sitting with the No. 2 ranking in basketball and a 30-0 start, all teams should take the Shockers seriously
The Shockers were able to win their 30th game in a row to start a season, marking the first time any NCAA Basketball team was able to accomplish the feat since the UNLV Runnin Rebels did so during the 1990-91 season. Let us forget the fact that they are in an easy conference as well as a simple schedule. The fact that the Shockers were able to make history on Feb. 25, 2014 should not go unnoticed. The fact that for each of the past 30 games that the Shockers have played, they have taken care of business in every single one of them.
This actually is quite a shock to some fans, but let us not forget that the Shockers made it all the way to the Final Four last year as a No. 9 seed before falling to the eventual champion Louisville Cardinals. Imagine how they would do if they end up with one of the four No. 1 seeds in this year’s tournament. They could have a real shot of going far.
If you look at their non-conference schedule, they have some pretty solid wins as well. One win I am looking at is the win against the currently 10th-ranked Saint Louis Billikens. The fact that they are winning games right now could boost the Shockers’ resume even more.
Now just one win away from an undefeated regular season, the Shockers have a target on their backs from all college basketball teams looking to be the one team to hand them that first loss. But however you look at it, you have to appreciate at what this historic start means to the university and their basketball program. Not a lot of teams can pull off this feat, especially a team that resides in a mid-major conference. Props to Wichita State for their historical feat.