So Lee and I have both received some texts in the past 12 hours since Wichita State beat No. 1 Gonzaga to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tourney. They say the same thing: am I going to admit to Lee that I was wrong when I wrote this in a post earlier this year:
I contend that the best Missouri Valley Conference team would not have an easy game against the middle-of-the-pack teams in the big-boy conferences and would certainly lose to the top teams in those conferences. I love going to Wichita State University games but as I said earlier, overall the level of play in the Valley is just weaker.
As a season-ticket holder and a Wichita resident for 18 years now, I am thrilled that the Shockers played so well and took down what some considered to be the best team in the nation. It was a breath-taking game to watch and I couldn’t stay seated for most of the last five minutes of the game.
I’m disappointed that my Missouri Tigers didn’t hold up their end of the deal — a meeting of Missouri and Wichita State in the Final Four could’ve been sweet and settled a lot of debates in the Schnyder household! Now we’ll never know how a game between the black and gold squads would’ve played out this season.
So here it is: I was wrong about this Wichita State basketball team. The Shockers can and did play a top team and come out on top.
Now, keep proving me wrong and make it to Atlanta!
p.s. I’m still standing firm that I will always root for the Tigers in head-to-head competition, even if it happens on Lee’s birthday!!