Just in case the message isn’t getting through, the Wichita State Shockers (28-0, 15-0) are more than happy to repeat it. The Valley goes through the Shockers and good luck trying to get through.
Now, the Shockers remain as the only undefeated team in Division I with the Syracuse Orange losing at home 62-59 in overtime to Boston College.
The Loyola Ramblers (9-17, 4-10 MVC) received another reminder as the Shockers handed them their third straight loss 88-74 behind Fred VanVleet’s 22 points.
“You feel so confident when the ball is in his hands, late shot-clock early shot-clock transition, he shot the ball great off the ball screens running the offense tonight,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.
With the victory, WSU is guaranteed no less then a share of the Missouri Valley title.
WSU supplied more evidence that they’re ready to put away the rest of the conference. More important, they’re looking like a team poised that’s ready to continue its dominance into the postseason.
This time around, both teams had better offensive performances shooting over 45-percent.
The Shockers lead by as much as 17 in halfway into the second half, but a Loyola’s 14-8 run, capped by a three-point play by Christian Thomas closed the gap to 69-58.
Wichita State beats Loyola, is nation’s lone unbeaten basketball team
The Sunflower | Feb 20