ST. LOUIS – Wichita State remains perfect. And proudly awaiting a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
After the nation’s only unbeaten Division I men’s team made another effective run in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game, guard Fred VanVleet fired back at doubters who cast aspersions on a schedule ranked 113th in the nation.
“You can debate what you want to debate. Facts are facts, truth is truth,” VanVleet, the conference player of the year, said after the second-ranked Shockers beat Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday to go to 34-0. “We’re not into debating how good or great we are or how bad somebody else is.
“That’s for barbershop talk and coffee-table arguments. We’re not into that stuff. If they feel that way, it’s on them. And nobody that’s arguing about it is on the selection committee.”
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VanVleet scored 22 points.
Players wore championship T-shirts that proclaimed Wichita State the winner on the front but on the back had a bracket with Indiana State (23-10) winning the title.
Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season set by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament triumph.
Other Top 10 games
At Maryland 75, No. 5 Virginia 69 (OT)
Maryland (17-14 overall, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) closed out its 61st and final ACC regular season by beating the Cavaliers (25-6, 16-2), ending their winning streak at 13 games. The Terrapins will move to the Big Ten before next season.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime for Maryland.
Anthony Gill scored 15 points for Virginia, which had already secured the regular-season title.
No. 7 Syracuse 74, at Florida St. 58
C.J. Fair scored 22 points and the Orange (27-4, 14-4 ACC) closed the regular season with a victory in the program’s first trip to Florida State (18-12, 9-9).
At Nebraska 77, No. 9 Wisconsin 68
Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece to help the Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7) defeat the Badgers (25-6, 12-6). Nebraska won for the 10th time in 12 games to clinch fourth place in the Big Ten for its highest conference finish since 1998.