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March 18th, 2014
The historic season of the Wichita State Shockers won them an almost unheard of #1 seed for a Missouri Valley Conference team, but it’s almost as if the NCAA committee dared them to “prove it.” The Midwest Region boasts an extremely high level of competition including not only the undefeated Shockers, but Rick Pitino’s defending national champion Cardinals, Michigan, and Duke.
Why No. 1 seed Florida will make the Final Four:
The “real season” – the NCAA Tournament, naturally – gets underway when the Field of 68 begins to be whittled leading into the April 6 national championship game in Arlington, TX.
In the meantime, here are my “regular season” All-America honors, plus updated Power 16:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Doug McDermott (6-7/Sr./Creighton)
COACH OF THE YEAR – Tony Bennett (Virginia)
Wichita State continued its dissection of everything on its schedule while rolling through the Missouri Valley Conference competition one last time this past weekend in St. Louis.
Now the Shockers get to kick it – well, I’m sure they’ll practice and attend class, too – at home this week in anticipation of Sunday’s Selection Show on CBS, when their expected top seed in the tournament is announced.
Who gets the other three No. 1 slots in the 68-team field?
It’s “One and Done Week”.
And that’s as in “one more week of the regular season before the bulk of the conference tournaments are in full swing.”
Let us introduce you to the newest No. 1 in the weekly Power 16 ratings.
Moving into the No. 1spot is a Florida team that many believe is the best in the country at the moment.
Twenty-nine and zip Wichita State moves to 2 after a week in which Syracuse dropped toughies in the ACC to Boston College (ouch!) and Duke.
The No. 1 team in the latest Power 16, Syracuse continued to manage to avoid that initial loss. No. 2 Arizona continued to look like a club capable of claiming No. 1 when it matters most. No. 3 Wichita State continued its systematic handling of all Missouri Valley Conference competition.