Wichita State Finishes Season 31-0
On Saturday night, the Wichita State Shockers basketball team joined an elite few of other college basketball programs to complete a perfect season. Wichita State defeated Missouri State 68-45 at home to cap off their perfect 31-0 season, becoming the first team to run the table since the 2003-04 Saint Joseph’s Hawks, a team that featured two first round picks in the 2004 NBA draft, Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.
This is an unbelievable accomplishment and a huge win for the program, but one major question now arises: Do they deserve a number one seed in the up-coming March Madness tournament? Wichita State plays in the Missouri Valley Conference, a conference that features teams like the Drake Bulldogs, Indiana State Sycamores, Evansville Aces, and Loyola Ramblers. I think you get the point. There is no ranked team – or worthy opponent, in the conference, for Wichita State to play and as a result the Shockers won their games by an average of 16 points. The toughest test for Wichita State this year was the Missouri State Bears (19-11) who took them to overtime back in January.
However, to the Shockers defense, the team did finish sixth in the country in BPI ranking, or Basketball Power Index, which ranks a college basketball teams performance based on wins, losses, and as ESPN aptly puts it, “the College Basketball Power Index gives us a tool for rating teams that is more useful for ESPN than existing tools. It explains a team’s wins and losses in a more detailed context and seemingly predicts future results as well as other tools, if not better. It also incorporates information about injuries and missed games that should be relevant for weighting the résumés of bubble teams on Selection Sunday.”
With the NCAA tournament on the horizon look for teams like Syracuse, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, or Louisville to gain the one of the four available number-one seeds. However, don’t be surprised if Wichita State steals one.