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.

Kennesaw State blows eight-point lead in 16 seconds, loses to Elon

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Kennesaw State entered Monday night at 1-6 on the season, but with 19 seconds left, it looked like the Owls have their second of the season locked up. Kendrick Ray made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put KSU up 89-81, and all they had to do was avoid a complete meltdown to get out with a win.

They couldn’t.

A Luke Eddy layup with 16 seconds left cut the lead to six, and after KSU’s Nigel Pruitt missed two free throws, Dainan Swoope his a three with seven seconds left to make the score 89-86.

On the ensuing inbounds, Kennesaw State threw the ball away … and then proceeded to foul Eddy when he was shooting a three. This is what that disaster looked like:

Eddy would hit all three threes before, shockingly, KSU turned the ball over again. Elon could not capitalize this time, sending the game to overtime, where the Phoenix outscored the Owls 14-4.

Elon won 104-94.

Here’s what the comeback looked like on the play-by-play:

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Rick Pitino: Louisville ‘just ignored’ in top 25 due of scandal

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Louisville beatdown Saint Louis at the Barclays Center on Sunday night, a 77-57 win that was much closer at halftime than the final score might indicate.

The win moved the Cardinals to 5-0 on the season, and that, in turn, got Louisville into the back end of both top 25 polls.

They’re 24th in the AP Poll and 22nd in the Coaches Poll, but that happened on Monday morning. On Sunday night, Pitino made sure to get a rant in about how this team is viewed and why pundits and voters should overlook the scandal currently plaguing his program.

“I think people are looking at that and they’re not really studying the team,” he said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, adding that he thinks the team is “just ignored” because of the accusations leveled by self-described madam Katina Powell in the book she published back in October.

And here’s the thing: he is 100 percent correct. Louisville was overlooked in the preseason because the scandal, when combined with the fact that the Cardinals are integrating so many new pieces into their rotation, made it tough to see how they would be able to compete at a level that we’ve come to expect out of Louisville teams.

I know that because it’s why my colleagues at, against my wishes, refused to allow me to rank Louisville in the preseason top 25. In other words, I’ve had first-hand interactions with the haters. But if we’re going to be honest here, scandal or no scandal, Louisville probably wasn’t going to find their way into the preseason top 25, not when they had to replace Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell.

And scandal or no scandal, no team from outside the top 25 is going to play their way into the top 25 by beating the likes of North Florida and St. Francis (NY) without some shenanigans — like Fred VanVleet getting hurt, like Indiana collapsing, like Arizona and Cal and Notre Dame playing their way out of the top 20 — happening around the country.

So Pitino is right: the scandal probably did have an impact on how his team was viewed in the preseason.

But Pitino the scandal isn’t what kept them out of the top 25 until Monday.

That weak non-conference schedule and roster turnover was why.

And if we’re going to be honest here, it probably should have kept them out for another week.