An undefeated Wichita State will be a No. 1 seed


With Wichita State inching ever closer to finishing the regular season without a loss on their resume, there is quite a bit of talk around the country about where this team will be seeded should they make it to Selection Sunday with a zero on the right side of their record.

It’s simple, really.

They should be a No. 1 seed.

And they will be a No. 1 seed.

Arguing otherwise is pointless.

I’ll spell it out for you like this: Wichita State will be undefeated a year removed from making the Final Four. You can show me whatever formula you want. You can run KenPom numbers and strength of schedules and RPIs and whatever you want by me, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, the people that will be making the decision about where to seed the Shockers will be actual people. It won’t be computers. It won’t be robots. It will be actual people.

People that watched the Shockers beat Pitt, Gonzaga, La Salle and Ohio State en route to the 2013 Final Four, where a couple of Tim Henderson threes cost them a shot at Michigan and a National Title.

People that no doubt do their research during the season and have seen Gregg Marshall’s media campaigning. They know that Wichita State did everything they could to put together a stronger schedule, and they know that at Saint Louis, at Alabama and Tennessee were the best they can get. They know that Marshall believes that his team was blacklisted from the season kickoff event in Dallas because they were too good for the power conference teams to play. They know that the Holiday Tournament Wichita State took part in resulted in wins over DePaul and BYU.

Now, we can argue about just how good the Shockers are and just how far they can make it in the tournament, if you’d like. Their back court is much, much better than a season ago, which probably makes them better overall. But they haven’t found a source of low-post scoring to replace Carl Hall, and that could cause some problems against someone with a vaunted perimeter defense.

Can this group make the Final Four? Absolutely. Can they win a National Title? Yes. Will they? Like every other team in the country, that depends on the matchups they luck into.

But if — and, frankly, that’s still a relatively large if at this point — Wichita State heads into Selection Sunday undefeated, they will be a No. 1 seed.

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.