You’re A Fool If You Don’t Think The Wichita State Shockers Deserve A #1 Seed
34-0. That’s what undefeated looks like. I don’t care if you think they had a weak schedule and played in a weak conference. Go 34 and 0. It isn’t even remotely easy to win that many games. It’s not easy to go 34 games without having a bad game.. or just a bad day, where things don’t go your way. To be able to close out 34 games. It’s incredible. I think, if anything, this 34-0 record says “I can hang with the best, throw me an Arizona, throw me a Florida!” They’re hungry for real competition. Real hungry.
So they went into the game against Indiana State today, hungry. There was absolutely no way they were losing today. They didn’t even have the possibility of losing in their minds at tip-off. It wasn’t an option. That’s how they played the entire season. Fearless.
Let me just relay to you what Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said in the Shocker locker room right before the game.. if you don’t get the chills.. you’re an emotionless robot.. (this is from USA Today):
Standing in front of a dry erase board, he delivered a blunt message in 43 seconds.
“Just so we know where we are,” he said. “Where are we? Where do we stand? What’s at stake?”
He held out a tablet and scrolled down.
“This,” he continued, “is from the Sycamores, Indiana State alumni association.
“Scroll to the bottom. They have planned tonight a pep rally to welcome the 2014 Arch Madness tournament champions home. Hulman Center. Doors open at 8 o’clock, OK. Tonight. To welcome the Valley tournament champions home, all right.
“So that is what you’re dealing with.
“They want a piece of us. They want a piece of us. Let’s give ’em the whoooole thing. Let’s give them the whole enchilada.”
Let’s give them the whole enchilada! What a speech! Chills. I would have killed to be a fly on the wall for that one.
We’ll see what happens come March Madness, but I’m excited.