In addition, several national pundits, most recently Andy Glockner, Matt Norlander and Jon Rothstein, as the Shockers break into the Top 25 and stay undefeated at 8-0.
“You probably can't name one player on the team, but don't sleep on the Shockers. They're reloaded and headed toward another NCAA berth.” –Matt Norlander, Wake Up Call article, CBS Sports.com, Dec. 5
– An underrated reason for Wichita State’s 8-0 start is Ehimen Orukpe’s defense. The 7-foot Orukpe grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots in the Shockers win a few weeks ago against Iowa. “He’s been a force,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said of Orukpe. The Shockers lost four starters from last year’s team but appear to be very much in the mix in the Missouri Valley Conference along with Illinois State, Creighton, and Northern Iowa. This league could warrant three or four bids to the NCAA Tournament.” - Jon Rothstein Files, CBS New York, Channel 2, Dec. 3
“In what should have been a rebuilding year for Wichita State, the Shockers have made their way into the MVC title conversation.Can they keep the momentum up? Andy Glockner weighs in.” –CNNSI.com, Dec 4
Ranking the best home-court advantages in the country (voters: Jason King, Andy Katz, Dana O'Neil, Fran Fraschilla), ordered by total points with number of first-place votes in parentheses:
1. Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas (3): 39
2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke (1): 37
3. Assembly Hall, Indiana: 24
4. Carrier Dome, Syracuse: 23
5. The Kennel, Gonzaga: 18
6. Viejas Arena, San Diego State: 17
7. Rupp Arena, Kentucky: 16
8. The Pit, New Mexico: 14
9. Breslin Center, Michigan State: 8
10. Koch Arena, Wichita State: 6
Wichita State is 40-6 in last 46 games, and carries a 21-3 road record in last 24 true road games.
Valley looking extremely strong. Will be surprised if there are not multiple bids. Creighton, Wichita State, Illinois State (maybe UNI).
I didn't see the Wichita State-VCU game, but if the Shockers beat these guys in their home gym, well ... they must be pretty darn good.
Time to give @timtebow a shot - Jets going nowhere with Sanchez - hoop lovers Dr Dick told u VCU would get Memphis -How good is Wichita St?
Hoop lovers MISSOURI VALLEY CONF. NEEDS PR as Commish Doug Elgin's league is underrated-WOW Creighton-Wichita ST-ILL ST - N Iowa -Drake