Seed: For the upcoming 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Wichita State Shockers were given a 1-seed in the Midwest-region. They are coached by Gregg Marshall and hail from the Missouri Valley Conference.
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Where: They will open play against the winner of Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern in St. Louis on Friday.
Why: More like why not? Wichita State finished the regular season with an 18-0 record in the MVC and a 34-0 record overall. The Shockers received the league's auto-bid by winning the conference tournament, but it's a safe bet they'd have been a top seed regardless. They scored notable victories over BYU, Saint Louis, Tennessee and Indiana State (three times).
Ceiling: Pundits will point to WSU's weak schedule when claiming that the Shockers shouldn't be mentioned among the elite. But Wichita State isn't just coming off of a great regular season - they reached the Final Four in last year's NCAA Tournament. The Shockers are as good a bet as anyone to be playing for it all two weeks from now.