On Saturday Wichita State became the first men’s basketball team in 10 years to finish the regular season unbeaten. With their 68-45 win over Missouri State, the Shockers finished the regular season at 31-0. No matter what happens in their conference tournament the Shockers are almost assured a number one seed in the NCAA tournament.
Now the pressure will be squarely on the backs of the Shockers, who for the most part of the season, have flown under the radar. With a chance to become one of the smallest schools to ever win the NCAA tournament, many questions will be asked. Do they have the ability to hold up against tougher competition? Will they be able to play well down the stretch in a close game? Wichita State will have to overcome the media’s talk about them not being able go all the way. Last year they lost in the Final Four to Louisville. Recent history is also against the Shockers, as several small schools have come close to winning the tournament, but havent been able to finish the deal. Here’s a look at three teams who couldnt quite get the job done.
3. Virginia Commonwealth 2011
2. George Mason 2006
1. Butler 2010