Shockers could be a title contender

Wichita State Shockers

2013-14: 35-1 (18-0)
In-conference offense: 1.16 points per possession (second)
In-conference defense: 0.91 points allowed per possession (first)

Considering Wichita State completed an undefeated regular season in 2013-14, it might not be too surprising to learn the Shockers were good at just about everything. This makes it difficult to concisely describe an identity for the team, which is a problem for a preview writer but obviously not for the team itself. Part of the reason for Wichita State's success was its opponents couldn't easily exploit the Shockers' weaknesses because those weaknesses didn't exist.

Defensively, head coach Gregg Marshall has long relied on excellent 2-point defense and great defensive rebounding, and that was the case to an extreme the past season, when WSU ranked seventh nationally in defensive rebound percentage and 25th in 2-point percentage defense. That shouldn't change much this season. The Shockers return senior forward Tekele Cotton, who was the Valley's Defensive Player of the Year and who usually gets the assignment of covering the opponent's best offensive player.