Saturday, March 1, 2014

History in the making today: Wichita State Shockers

Yeah, as I said, I needed a blog post to fill a slot so that my 200th blog post didn't have to be a comic or "Arrow" review, so I'm going to talk really fast about something I love: college basketball.

More specifically, I'm talking about a team from the semi-major Missouri Valley conference who has been dominating the competition this year. That team, for those not paying attention, is the Wichita State Shockers.

The Shocker name is pretty fitting for most fans, as most seem to believe that this team is some kind of fluke. There is still debate over whether they should receive a No. 1 seed - not THE No. 1 seed, just one of the four - in the NCAA tournament.

That's the most arrogant, elitist load I've heard.

Today, the Shockers play Missouri State in the regular season finale. If they win, they will end the regular season at 31-0, the first to finish a regular season undefeated since St. Joseph's in 2004.

They're also the first team to win the first 30 regular season games since UNLV in 1991.

This is a team that Kansas actively avoids playing, and Bill Self has even said that the Shockers deserve the No. 1 seeding.

Regardless of schedule strength, the fact is that in a Division with more than 300 teams, they're the only one to line up all their opponents and knock them all down. Yes, the MVC is down this year, but Indiana State and Missouri State aren't slouches and you can bet that Wichita State has received everyone's best shot.

I say let them prove it in the tournament, but until then, you have to give them the benefit of the doubt and peg them as the top seed.

Assuming, of course, that they win today.

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