ST. LOUIS – Second-ranked Wichita State is still perfect. Calm and collected, too, in a 32nd straight victory.
The top-seeded Shockers men stayed unbeaten with an 80-58 romp over Evansville in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday.
“I love how this team goes about their business, their approach and how resolute they are,” coach Gregg Marshall said. “They’re really, really focused and locked in to the next challenge, and that’s how you win 32 in a row.”
If they’re feeling pressure because of the streak, their opponents never noticed.
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“Fantastic to see what they’re doing,” Evansville guard D.J. Balentine said after scoring 31 points. “If people say they don’t deserve a number-one seed, that’s silly.”
Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 17 points apiece and Wichita State set a tournament record with 11 blocked shots.
Top 5 women
No. 2 Notre Dame 83, Florida St. 57
Jewell Loyd scored 17 points to lead the Fighting Irish (30-0) past the Seminoles (20-11) in an Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal in Greensboro, N.C.
No. 5 S. Carolina 67, Georgia 48
Alaina Coates scored 13 points to help the Gamecocks (27-3) beat the Bulldogs (20-11) and reach the Southeastern Conference semifinals in Duluth, Ga.
• Harvard became the first team to reach the men’s NCAA tournament, winning 70-58 at Yale to secure the outright Ivy League title.