What has Wichita State done this season to warrant a No. 1 seed?
Point is that what happened last season does not count. It may count in the polls (to some voters). But any computer, or aggregate of rankings dismisses last season’s accomplishments out of hand. Why? Because last season is just that last season.
It’s unfortunate for the Shockers that some of their marquee non-conference games featured opponents who probably weren’t as good as their original billing. It’s unfortunate that Creighton left the Valley for the Big East. It’s unfortunate that Valley foes like Northern Iowa and Missouri State aren’t up to par this season. All of that plays into the notion that there is no objective basis to put the Shockers on the No. 1 line. None.
You can look at:
Ken Pomeroy’s rankings – http://kenpom.com/.
The BPI – http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bpi.
The Massey Composite, which features basically every single ratings metric known to man – http://www.masseyratings.com/cb/compare.htm.
The (gasp) RPI, which is a terrible metric for ranking individual teams – http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rpi.
None of these have the Shockers on the 1-line. None. And a majority have them clinging to a No. 2 seed. It isn’t about how good Wichita State it. It is about what, under the circumstances, they will never be able to do to prove how good they are.
They’ll probably get a No. 2 seed in the Midwest with Kansas as the No. 1 seed. Hell, K-State may get an 8 or 9 in the same region. One thing is for certain, come March none of the crowing either for or against the Wichita State will matter, only what happens on the court.
Note: This may qualify as a “hot sports take.” I sure hope not.