Of the four No. 1 seeds, Wichita St. will have the hardest path to the Sweet 16. After going undefeated during the regular season and hearing things about an easy schedule, their 2014 NCAA Tournament path to the Final Four is anything but a breeze. The Midwest Region is stacked, and Wichita St. needs to show they are for real.
In their second round (round of 64), the Shockers will face either No. 16 seeds California Polytech or Texas Southern. This matchup should be an easy victory, especially if they face a sub-.500 Polytech squad. However, Wichita’s potential round of 32 battle is against No. 8 seed Kentucky. This Kentucky squad lost to No. 1 Florida squad by one point on Sunday. If Kentucky can almost beat the best team in the country, they should have no problem competing with a Wichita squad that is solid but nowhere close to being as good as Florida. If Wichita St. does get past Kentucky, it should only gets harder from there.
In a potential Sweet 16 battle, Wichita St. could face No. 4 seed Louisville. It’s a crime that Louisville is a No. 4 seed when many thought they could be the fourth No. 1 seed. Nonetheless, being snubbed seed wise will motivate this Cardinals squad to show their worth and expose NCAA selection committee’s mistake. For Wichita St., this will be a much harder game than Kentucky. While the SEC is a better conference than the AAC, Louisville is no joke. If Wichita St. is for real, they will need to bring their best as it is very possible Louisville will be around for the Sweet 16.
Lastly, the Elite 8 round could provide two solid opponents if Wichita St. is still around. No. 2 seed Michigan or No. 3 seed Duke could face-off against Wichita St. Both possible opponents are formidable and have vast NCAA Tournament experience.
Wichita St. has their work cut out for them, and their NCAA Tournament success will shows fans whether they are a strong team or not. If they make it to the Final Four, no one will be calling the Shockers a soft team or saying they play a weak schedule anymore. Their play will show just how good they really are. On the other hand, if they are bounced in the round of 64, round of 32, or even the Sweet 16, they will show the nation they never deserved a No. 1 seed.
Overall, the ball is in Wichita St.’s court and they control their own destiny. One question remains: Which Wichita St. team will show up as the 2014 NCAA Tournament gets underway?
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