TORONTO - Are the Wichita State Shockers getting no respect? Or are they getting too much?
No team in this year’s NCAA tournament seems to bring out more passionate opinions than the unbeaten Shockers — the first squad to go into March Madness with a perfect record since 1991.
The prize for that seemingly impressive feat — a spot in the ultra-competitive Midwest Region, where Kentucky could await in the second round (officially the third, but only if you count the play-in games), followed by a possible date with defending champion Louisville in the Sweet 16. Sure, the Shockers are a No. 1 seed (the first team from the Missouri Valley Conference to earn that honour since Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979), but their road to the Final Four appears daunting. They’ll certainly be watched closely across the continent — the Shockers rosters includes Canadians Nick Wiggins, brother of super-prospect Andrew Wiggins, and Chadrack Lufile.