2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 Wichita State vs. No. 16 Cal Poly

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This may come as a huge surprise, but the Wichita State Shockers are predicted to beat the Cal Poly Mustangs. Some surprise.

The Shockers are the only undefeated team in the country and they are a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Plus, this is a team that made a run all the way to the Final Four last year.

As for Cal Poly, well, it is dancing! That’s really all that matters. The Mustangs just got done knocking off Texas Southern in a play-in game and are now part of the field of 64.

What to Watch For

Fred VanVleet was the MVC Player of the Year. He will be an obvious one to keep an eye on, but Cleanthony Early is the best player on the team in my mind. He is leading the Shockers in points and rebounds. Early could be one of the biggest mismatches in the entire dance.

Let’s just put it this way. He stands at 6-foot-8 and has made 59 threes on the year.

Leading scorer Chris Eversley dropped 19 points for Cal Poly in the play-in game and he is probably going to have to score more than that if the Mustangs have any chance of winning. May I remind you that they are a No. 16 seed and no No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed.

Prediction

Wichita State is undefeated, it went on a great run last year and it is probably even better this year. The Shockers may not be the favorite No. 1 seed to win the national championship, but they are very, very talented and a little underrated. This one probably won’t even be close.

Wichita State 82 Cal Poly 51

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