But I would suggest no team got as hosed this postseason as the 34-0 Wichita State Shockers.
After running through the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, the Shockers became the first team to enter the NCAA tourney undefeated since the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels – a squad that rode four first-round NBA talents, including Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon, to a National Championship appearance against the Duke Blue Devils.
Rather than awarding the Wheat Shockers for their achievement, the tournament committee opted to all but ensure an impossible road to the Final Four. Sure, Wichita State got the No. 1 seed in the Midwest bracket, but they will be joined in that region by some of the toughest competition in the nation, including Michigan, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky, just to name a few.
Make no mistake, Wichita State has a great team. Led by Cleanthony Early (15.8 points per game) and Fred VanVleet (12.1 points per game and a 3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio), they are a veteran squad with NCAA tourney experience that can play with anybody. But winning six straight games is hard, especially when you're facing some of the best each time out.
I have faith the Shockers will make the Sweet 16. This is partially because I see Kansas State upsetting Kentucky in the first round, but, regardless, I like Wichita State against either group of Wildcats.
But then comes the Louisville game and the Cardinals just look too good. No. 1 seed-worthy in many experts' eyes, the Cards are playing their best basketball all season, going 11-1 in their last 12 games and destroying their last five opponents by an average margin of 29.2 points. This isn't a team that anybody wants to run into right now, especially in the third round, where Wichita State's dream season will unfortunately end.
2. The Big 12 will flex its muscles