Allow yourself to dream for a few minutes, Shocker fan.
You may not think two more victories and a national championship is a dream. And it’s not. The way Wichita State has played these last four games, cutting down the nets on Monday night wouldn’t surprise anyone inside the city limits.
But just picture 10:30 on Monday night. Confetti falling from the Georgia Dome ceiling. Gregg Marshall answering Jim Nantz’s questions on the built-in-three-minutes stage at center court, while NCAA interns pass out championship hats and T-shirts to the Shockers.
To top it off, a replay of Carl Hall throwing the ball into the air on the final note of “One Shining Moment.”
And so would begin the greatest NCAA Tournament story ever told.
North Carolina State in ’83? Nice story.
Villanova in ’85? Footnote to history.
Kansas in ’88? Secondary.
As a No. 9 seed, Wichita State would be the lowest seed to win the NCAA Tournament.
Here are the Shockers’ brethren, the lowest-seeded teams to reach the Final Four since seeding began in 1979: