Midwest Region - Second Round
(34-0, 18-0 MVC)
Wichita State Shockers
What You Need To Know: One of the biggest stories of the college basketball season, the Shockers are on a historic winning streak with the ability to shut down teams with a suffocating defense, controlling the glass on both ends and protecting the rim when guards manage to get to the bucket. Wichita State's greatest strength is its depth. Cleanthony Early is a quality scorer who can drive to the rim, but he’s great inside and out with the ability to knock down the open three on a regular basis. Ron Baker is a solid all-around guard who does a great job of moving his feet on defense, and Fred VanVleet is one of the best passers and most disruptive defenders around. The sophomore loves to run and is the Shockers' engine. Guard Tekele Cotton and forwards Darius Carter and Chadrack Lufile are all versatile, and Carter and Lufile use their big bodies to keep opponents off the boards.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Rebounding, Blocked Shots
Weaknesses: Three Point Shooting, Assists, Outside Shooting
(13-19, 6-10 Big West)
Cal Poly Mustangs
What You Need To Know: It's the time of the year when a team can get hot and make a Cinderella run to the tournament, and head coach Joe Callero's squad did just that. The Mustangs are one of the lowest-scoring teams in college basketball, but they play solid defense and can grind out games. Forward Chris Eversley is the leader with his ability to score in the mid-range game sets him apart. He doesn't try to do too much on the floor from the perimeter, but he has enough range to keep opponents honest. Swingman Dave Nwaba is undersized and plays more like a power forward, but he’s wickedly effective with a nose for the ball. Guard Kyle Odister is just six-feet tall, but he’s tenacious on D to go along with being the team’s top three-point shooter. Shooting inconsistency is the biggest issue.
Strengths: Scoring Defense, Turnovers, Assist-Turnover Ratio
Weaknesses: Scoring, Shooting, Rebounding