Thirty-three up, thirty-three down. The Wichita State Shockers just keep on rollin’.
The No. 2 ranked team in the country and MVC regular season champs absolutely pummeled the Missouri State Bears on Saturday afternoon in Saint Louis, winning by a score of 67-42. With the win, the Shockers advanced to tomorrow’s MVC tournament championship game where they will meet the winner of today’s other semifinal matchup between Indiana State and Southern Illinois.
Whoever wins that game, it doesn’t appear likely that it will matter. Wichita State is clicking on all cylinders right now and dominating every opponent within its sight. MVC officials might as well go ahead and rename “Arch Madness” to “Shocker Madness”.
Gregg Marshall‘s team looks well on their way to entering the NCAA tournament at 34-0, and more importantly, they’re well on their way to a No. 1 seed, too.
Cleanthony Early led the way today with 20 points and five rebounds. MVC Player of the Year Fred VanVleet dished out five assists and had nine points of his own as well. Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton were also key contributors scoring nine and 13 points, respectively.
In the very early stages of the game, the Bears came out and defended well as they held down the potent Shocker attack. The key word there is early, because that didn’t last for long. Wichita State went on to control all aspects of the contest and the Bears looked simply overmatched.
They weren’t the first team to look that way and they won’t be the last. The Shockers are for real, ladies and gentlemen, and they are poised to do damage in the upcoming Big Dance.
While I still have my doubts based on the competition they have played, regardless of that competition, good teams don’t win 33 consecutive games without a loss; only great teams do.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27.