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ESPN's BPI Reveals Wichita State As No. 1 Team In College Basketball

The Shockers are the No. 1 team in the college game.

The 2016-17 college basketball season ended with the North Carolina Tar Heels on top.

However, the Tar Heels are not on top of ESPN's computer model, the Basketball Power Index (BPI).

The BPI is a predictive model of team strength that incorporates a variety of factors including the past performance of the coach and players on the roster, recruiting rankings, and the percentage of minutes returning.

So, who's on top of this BPI heading into the 2017-18 season? It's a Shocker. (Sorry, we had to).

A screenshot of ESPN's preseason BPI.

The Shockers made a run in the NCAA Tournament, and return several starters from last year's team. Gregg Marshall's squad entered the Tournament as a No. 10 seed, but ended the season as the No. 15 team in the country.

[ESPN]