Shockers may be better by 2014 tourney

Tekele Cotton and the Shockers have shown signs they could eclipse their 2013 success. Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/Getty Images

Gregg Marshall’s Wichita State Shockers had to take a step back. After a 30-win season a year ago that culminated in a Final Four appearance, coupled with the departure of two of the team’s top three scorers, there was no way the Missouri Valley program would be the same.

And it’s not the same.

The Shockers are one of three unbeaten teams left in the country (No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse are the others), and are even more well-rounded and formidable.