With this week’s upset of previously undefeated Syracuse, the Wichita State Shockers are officially the last unbeaten team in the nation. We’re heading into the closing stretch of the regular season, and Wichita State has a legitimate chance to run the table. Two of their last three games are at home, and their opponents are not exactly the most dominant college programs.
Teams can only beat who is on their schedule. Wichita State can’t just go out and add games against power conference teams. They’ve dominated just about everyone on their schedule, so until we get to the tournament, that is the only way to judge this team. I am a firm believer that strength of schedule should be one of the biggest factors taken into account when determining a team’s rank. It’s not just who they have played, but how often are they going up against top talent. The fact that Syracuse went so long without losing is incredible given the number of ranked teams they have needed to go through. It’s why football teams in the SEC get so much press. There is a gauntlet to deal with each year, so if you come out on top, you’ve earned it.
With Early being their dominant scoring threat, it’s opened up opportunities for sophomores Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet. The Shockers have four players averaging double figures this season which gives them plenty of options on the offensive side of the ball. This makes preparing for this team very difficult. Any one of these players can go off on a given night.