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5 Reasons Why Wichita State Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Why Wichita State Will Cut Down the Nets

5 Reasons Why Wichita State Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament
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The Wichita St. Shockers are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region. Some may say that the Shockers are being punished for that. In their region is two of the college basketball blue-bloods in Kentucky and Duke. Also at the dance is three of the four teams from last year's Final Four with WSU, Michigan and the defending champs Louisville. While the deck may be stacked against the Shockers, here are five reasons why WSU will win the tournament.

5. They are Undefeated

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5. They are Undefeated

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Wichita State currently sits with a record of 34-0. They have not lost since they reached the Final Four a season ago and lost to the eventual champ in Louisville. During the season, they have dominated teams. They are currently capable of making another run to the Final Four and cutting down the nets as the first undefeated champion in over 20 years.

4. They Have a Strong Core

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4. They Have a Strong Core

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Gregg Marshall has done a great job as head coach of the Shockers. This year, they returned many of the same players that reached the Final Four a year ago. During their undefeated run, the starting five has not changed much. They are solid, strong and ready for a deep run in the dance.

3. They Can Play On Both Sides of the Floor

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3. They Can Play On Both Sides of the Floor

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The Shockers can have success on both the offensive side and the defensive side. They have several shooters who can make the three-point shot consistently, and they can also play inside on the boards. When they do fall into a slump scoring, they can turn up the defensive pressure and quickly turn turnovers into transition points.

2. They Have Something to Prove

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2. They Have Something to Prove

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All season long, the Shockers have played angry. They have played with a major chip on their shoulders and felt that they needed to go out each night with something to prove. Getting placed in the toughest region will now give them even more motivation to prove something every time they take the floor.

1. They are Capable of Shocking the World

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1. They are Capable of Shocking the World

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Why not the Shockers to win the NCAA Tournament? Why not have a small school run the table and cut down the nets? The University of Butler nearly turned the trick a few seasons ago. They were an unlucky bounce away from becoming champions. Wichita State will take to the tournament a better team than what they had a season ago. They are tested, motivated and on a mission to go 40-0. That is why the Wichita State Shockers will "shock" the world.