30-0 and not #1Posted: February 26, 2014
Wichita State is 30-0 and not the #1 team in the nation. Florida, a team with 2 losses, holds that spot. Some say because the Shockers play in the Missouri Valley Conference and not a traditional powerhouse conference is the reason they are not in the top spot. We are reaching a time in college basketball where complete domination by major conferences is coming to an end. With the shuffling of teams in and out of conferences (and creating them like the AAC), what it means to be in a major conference, or a mid-major, is changing. The ranking of college basketball needs to reflect that.
This team is 30-0. The first Division I men’s team to ever reach this mark in the regular season (remember St. Joe’s went 27-0 in 2003-04). While #2 in the nation is nothing to scoff at, I find the strength of schedule argument hard to take at this point. Yes, strength of schedule is something to take into consideration, but if you are at the end of March and no one has been able to take you down- you deserve the #1 spot on the poll. Especially when the team above you has TWO losses. One of Florida’s losses, against UConn, was one of the worst pieces of college basketball coaching I have seen in a long time. UConn had no time outs and Billy Donovan called one allowing the Huskies to set up a shot and ultimately win the game. That piece of coaching should, in no way, be rewarded.
Wichita State, keep doing what you are doing. Good Luck as you finish up your season and roll into March Madness!