By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on March 18, 2014
The Wichita State Shockers deserved their number one seed, but that will not stop the Kentucky Wildcats from trying to give them an early exit from the NCAA tournament. My bracket is picking the Shockers to win their region and return to the final four. John Calipari will certainly be working his hardest to make that opinion look silly, but sometimes I am okay with going with the less traveled path in the woods.
You know who I am talking about here. Gregg Marshall has impressed me quite a bit, because his players play with consistently high effort at the defensive end. That is rare to see in today's college basketball world, and I believe it deserves a bit of credit.
The Shockers have come together as a team over the course of this season, and the on-court chemistry is probably their greatest strength going into this tournament. The selection committee certainly did not do them a favor with the bracket that they are in, but winning has started to become a habit for the Shockers. We'll just have to see if it remains a constant habit in the coming weeks.
Ron Baker has been a key to the Shockers success, and though Nick Wiggins does not see the floor a lot, you can still bet that his older brother will be rooting for during the coming weeks. That is, unless the Shockers happen to meet the Kansas Jayhawks.
Early has been the Shockers MVP to be sure, and we will have to see if he can continue to be a steadying force. They will need him to be at his best against Kentucky during the first weekend, and we will see if they are still in the mix when we get to the Sweet Sixteen.
In the end, the committee saw a team that made it to the Final Four last season, and then went on win every single game in the following season. It has been a decade since we have seen what the Shockers have just accomplished, and I just do not think that they are getting their due.
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