NCAA Tournament: No shock to the system — No. 1 Witchita State rolls over No. 16 Cal-Poly

Wichita State forward Chadrack Lufile (0) pulls down a defensive rebound during the Missouri Valley Conference championship March 9, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

No. 1 seed Wichita State made another statement to its doubters Friday evening with a dominating 64-37 win over No. 16 seed Cal-Poly. Led by 23 points from Cleanthony Early, the Shockers cruised into the second round, where they’ll face the Kansas-State-Kentucky winner.

The win is Witchita State’s 35th of this so-far perfect season. Only seven teams have stayed perfect all the way through the NCAA title game, none of them with more than 32 wins. Those teams are:

1956 San Francisco Dons (29-0)

1957 North Carolina Tar Heels (32-0)

1964, 1967, 1972, 1973 UCLA Bruins (all 30-0)

1976 Indiana Hoosiers (32-0)

If the Shockers are to carve out a spot on that list, they’ll have survived a treacherous tournament road to do it: three of the past four NCAA champions join them in the Midwest Region (Duke, Louisville, Kentucky).



Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.



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