Wichita State finished the NCAA basketball season a perfect 31-0 after beating Missouri State 68-45 on Saturday.
The appropriately named Shockers are first team in 10-years to go undefeated. They beat opponents by an average of 16 points per game and have easily cemented their place in NCAA history.
Coach Greg Marshall was happy with the result, and gave all the credit to his players, “Very proud of these guys, of how they’ve handled this. There’s beena lot of focus, both positive and negative about this team. … They’re fun to be around, and they deserve this 31-0.”
Next up for Wichita State will be March Madness and a chance to win the National Title. Let’s just hope they don’t get too cocky from all the praise:
The regular season has come to an end. Your Wichita State Shockers are….. pic.twitter.com/5fteMIy2ee
— Shocker GT (@ShockerGametime) March 1, 2014
I don’t care who you root for. You have to give a team the respect they deserve. And Wichita State deserves much more respect than they get. — CT ✌️ (@Emblem3_TheVamp) March 1, 2014
Congratulations to Wichita State for a perfect regular season! I guess that I will give them credit to the players! #ImShocked#Unavailable — Tyler Wigington (@TylerWigington) March 1, 2014
Of course, not everyone feels the same way about Wichita State:
Wichita state and the undefeated season is cool and all. But really how hard is it to not lose in a low-to-mid major conference. Really..
— Jason Radloff (@JasonRadloff27) March 1, 2014
Kornheiser on Wichita State’s historic 30-0 regular season start: “I think you have to get to the Final Four to validate this.”
— PTI (@PTI) February 26, 2014
Last March Wichita State made it to the Final Four, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they do it again this year. If they win it all, then their perfect season will not be seen as a fluke.
At the end of the day, Wichita State went undefeated and no one can take that away from them. The criticism of the team’s easy schedule should send the Shockers into March with a chip on their shoulder, and that’s a good thing. It will be fun to watch and see if they can prove their record right.
[Photo Credit: Newman University]