Does Wichita State really deserve to be ranked 2nd in college basketball?
No way, says sports scribe Craig Glazer of Stanford & Sons fame.
Not with a schedule as soft as the one the Shockers have played this season.
“They don’t play the schedule that Kansas or Michigan State plays,” Glazer says. “I think they’re a pretty good team, but no way they’re the second best team in the nation. I think it would be more fair to put them toward the bottom of the top 10.”
Not that they’re not any good…
“I don’t think they’re so much a poser because they got to the Final Four last year,” Glazer says, “but they haven’t beaten a team this year that you would think has a chance to be in the Elite Eight, let alone the Final Four.
“I mean, there’s no Florida, no Michigan State, no Syracuse, no Duke – not even a Kansas State or Oklahoma State. If Wichita State played in the Big 12 they would have lost five or six games by now and been ranked 17th or 18th probably – 12th at best.”
“A good example is our Kansas City Chiefs,” Glazer says. “They were 9-0 and undefeated and were (power) ranked as the best team in the NFL. That’s what happens when you don’t play anybody.
“Another example is two years ago Notre Dame was undefeated with a really soft schedule and they got to play Alabama and got their asses handed to them.
“Wichita State’s a good team, but nobody really knows how good because they haven’t played anybody. They’re definitely not a Top 5 team, they’re a Cinderella. But I still look for them to win at least three rounds and be in the Elite 8 this year, which is damn good.”
A feat that would put them in the…Top 16.