Wichita State Makes History

The last time a Division I college basketball team finished undefeated going into the NCAA Tournament was UNLV in 1991. Wichita State replicated that this year, finishing the season 34-0 after winning the Missouri Valley conference tournament.

The Shockers are the second team in the history of college basketball to finish a season 34-0 Wichita State is ranked No. 2 in the Coaches and AP Poll, behind No. 1 Florida in both polls. Florida has two losses this season, finishing undefeated in conference play. WSU just won three games in three days to win their conference tournament on Sunday. They defeated Evansville, Missouri State and Indiana State, all by at least 10 points each. This was their first MVC Tournament championship since 1987.

They have three players on the Missouri Valley All-Conference First Team. One is sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet, who received the Conference Player of the Year award. VanVleet finished third on the team in scoring, with 12.1 points per game. He also led the team in assists, with 5.3 a game. Senior forward Cleanthony Early and sophomore guard Ron Baker both also made 1st team All-Conference. Early averaged 15.8 points and Baker averaged 13.1 points.

Junior guard Tekele Cotton made 2nd team All-Conference and the All-Defensive team. He averaged 10.8 points and 1.4 steals a game. Wichita State is projected to be a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament by ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

“I think Wichita State deserves to be undefeated but I don’t know how good they will be in the tournament,” said SMW junior Tyler Thayer.

Lunardi also predicts other Kansas colleges to make the big dance, including Kansas (No. 2 seed) and Kansas State (No. 8 seed).