No R-E-S-P-E-C-T for W-I-C-H-I-T-A

BY THYRAN NOWDEN

I dislike how the media isn’t giving the Wichita State men’s basketball team the credit they deserve for having an outstanding basketball season.

Wichita State is 30-0 this season and the only undefeated team in the nation and they are ranked 2nd in the nation. Wichita State was a final four team in the NCAA tournament last season and they are picking up from where they left off.

The media is focusing on how Wichita State doesn’t deserve credit from being 30-0 because they play in a weak conference. Every time the question about Wichita State being the best team in the nation is asked, the media says no because they really have not played any good teams.

ESPN analyst Bill Plaschke said Wichita State is not the best team in the nation and doesn’t deserve a number one seed in the NCAA tournament because their strength of schedule is weak.

Even though Wichita State is 30-0 this season, the media is still considering them as the underdog going into the NCAA tournament. I think it is unfair that the media is treating Wichita State like they don’t deserve to be one of the top teams in the nation.

Wichita State rarely gets any coverage from the media for being undefeated and having the best season in their schools history. If Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, or Syracuse were 30-0 this season, the media would be giving them credit 24/7 and calling them one of the best college basketball teams of all time.

The media should start giving Wichita State the credit they deserve because they have the best record in college men’s basketball and being 30-0 on the season is not an easy task to accomplish.

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