Wichita St. Shockers
There were high expectations coming into the season for the ranked number ten in the AP’s top twenty five preseason rankings. However, the Shockers would begin the season a mere 2-4, including one win over a Division II school. An abysmal start for a team with the returning Fred Van Fleet and Ron Baker. It can be noted though, Fred Van Fleet was injured in the beginning of the season, playing only 3 minutes in the opener against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. He would return for the next game against Tulsa on the road, but the Shockers would suffer their first defeat of the season and lose Van Fleet in the process. Without their star point guard, they lost three consecutive games to the likes of the USC Trojans, Alabama Crimson Tide and Iowa Hawkeyes. A slew of games the Shockers would of loved to add to the resume come March. There would be a light at the end of the tunnel though, as Van Fleet returned and for good against the St. Louis Billikens on the road, which they destroyed by 15 points. The Shockers were back, going 12-1 in the process, with the only defeat coming via overtime and on the road against the Seton Hall Pirates. They beat the likes of the UNLV Runnin Rebels, Utah Utes, Southern Illinois Salukis and Evansville Purple Aces, which are solid wins for the resume. The rest of the schedule is bleak, with only a road game against the Evansville Purple Aces and a home game against the Southern Illinois Salukis left to raise their stock. But, the Shockers have earned back the good graces of the AP rankings, coming in as number twenty two in the top twenty five. If they can win out and win their conference tournament, I can see the Shockers vying for a #3 or #4 seed come March. This is a solid Wichita St. Shockers team, they just need to stay healthy and the obvious, win.