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No. 3 Wichita State the first 29-0 team since 2005

Feb 22, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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We have our first 29-0 team since Deron Williams was still a collegian.

On Saturday, No. 3 Wichita State got 21 points from Tekele Cotton and 15 points from Darius Carter off the bench as they steamrolled Drake, 83-54.

The Shockers cut down the nets after the win, because with just two games left in the regular season, WSU has already clinched the Missouri Valley title.

It’s the first time that anyone has been 29-0 since Illinois pulled off the feat in 2004-2005. That season was Bruce Weber’s first in Champaign, and he rode the talented back court of Luther Head, Deron Williams and Dee Brown to the national title game. Their first loss came in the final game of the regular season to Ohio State.

The Shockers are currently ranked No. 3 in the country, but with No. 2 Florida struggling in their two wins and No. 1 Syracuse taking two losses, don’t be surprised to see the Shockers get quite a few votes for No. 1 in the country on Monday morning.

  1. tailgreater - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    That 2005 run was actually Weber’s 2nd season at Illinois.

  2. florida727 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I’m a Florida fan, and yeah, it would be nice to be ranked #1, but in all honesty, Wichita State should get the top spot. a) they’re legit, if you’ve watched them, they’re for real and may very well prove it come tournament time. b) although their schedule might get criticized, the bottom line is they’ve beaten everyone put in front of them, give them their due; if they don’t deserve it, they’ll get exposed when it matters most… THEN you can criticize them. Besides, it’s not like the SEC is exactly a powerhouse conference either.

    I think Florida has a legit shot at the Final Four. They’ve been to the Elite Eight three straight times with essentially the same team. They start 4 seniors and a junior. Experience counts in the one-and-done season. They also play defense. That doesn’t guarentee you a win, but it does guarentee that you’ll always have a chance to win.

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