The third team from the Missouri Valley on the Non-BCS Watch List is looking to contend for a conference title while replacing a number of key members from last season’s NIT Championship squad.
Wichita State Shockers
At various points last season, the Shockers stood at 13-2 and 20-4, but they dropped three of their final six regular season games and lost to Indiana State in the semis of the MVC Tournament. That left them on the outside looking in of the Big Dance, but the Shockers shook off that disappointment to win five straight games in the NIT and finish 29-8 overall.
Wichita State finished 26th in the final Pomeroy Ratings, the highest mark for any team not to make the NCAA Tournament. Their offensive and defensive efficiency numbers both ranked inside the Top 40 after having steadily risen during Coach Gregg Marshall’s four-year tenure. On offense, their strengths were a 10th-rated effective field goal percentage and an offensive rebound percentage just outside...