Shockers selected as No. 1 seed


The Shockers celebrate after their conference win last weekend. They are scheduled to play Friday in Saint Louis, Mo.

While some may consider the post season tournament the end of college basketball season, many college basketball fans feel the true peak has arrived. From Tuesday to the beginning of April, everything that 64 teams have worked for during regular season and conference tournament play will be put to the ultimate test in the NCAA Tournament.

Following conference tournament championships and the official close to regular season play, teams and fans watched the highly anticipated CBS Selection Sunday show to observe the NCAA March Madness brackets unfold and learn their position and who their next opponent would be.

The Shockers are a No. 1 seed in the Midwest bracket. Their first stop is Saint Louis, Mo. where the team cut down the nets in their win of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship last week.

The Shockers are the first team to enter the post season tournament with an undefeated record since 1991. They will compete against the winner of the Cal Poly and Texas Southern game on Friday. The tip-off time has not been announced yet.

“We’re excited to be a part of the tournament and hopefully we’ll have them ready by Friday,” Head coach Gregg Marshall said.

Sophomore Fred VanVleet said his worries were not entirely focused on the number seed outcome but on preparing for their next opponent.

“I think everybody expected be the one seed, so it was no surprise there,” VanVleet said. “We’re pleased with where we’re at and excited about the challenge.”

This will be the first time the Shockers have met with either team, but the respect for each program is given.

“Both of these will have our full respect,” VanVleet said. “They made the tournament. Obviously, they did the right things to get there.”

The team privately watched the show in the Champions Club of the Charles Koch Arena but thanks to a partnership with Google Hangout, fans had the opportunity to watch their favorite college team’s reactions. With this technology, fans are able to chat and interact with the team while the brackets unfold.

At the start of the announcement for the Midwest Region placement, it was announced that the Shockers were going to head the pack as the room filled with smiles and applause. The team learned that its first appearance will be made on Friday, giving them the opportunity to scout and watch their potential opponent on Tuesday.

“My reaction is just very thankful,” sophomore Ron Baker said. “You get chill bumps watching your team’s name being popped up on the bracket. This year as a one seed, it feels very special and we hope to take advantage of it.”

The team is scheduled to depart Wichita on Wednesday and head back to the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis to begin the tournament