ESPN’s power ranking slots Wichita State on top of the nation

ESPN’s computers love Wichita State basketball.

Cue “I hope the NCAA selection committee pays attention in March.”

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index ranks Wichita State No. 1 nationally in its top 50 summer ranking released Thursday morning.

“Wichita State, despite being a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament in 2017, actually finished the season — by BPI's measure — as the 15th-best team in the country,” wrote ESPN’s Seth Walder. “And it did so as a team that hardly played its seniors at all, so the Shockers are bringing almost everyone relevant back.”

It isn’t all love. Walder refers to the Shockers as a mid-major. Neither coach Gregg Marshall nor his fans approve of that label.

Cincinnati, WSU’s new rival in the American Athletic Conference, is No. 11. No. 41 Temple is next among AAC schools and Central Florida is No. 48.

No Missouri Valley Conference school is ranked in the top 50.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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