Would a loss help Wichita State?

Insider's experts weigh in, and there actually may be a benefit for Shockers

Updated: February 25, 2014, 2:45 PM ET
By ESPN Insider contributors | ESPN Insider

Gregg Marshall and Fred VanVleetPeter G. Aiken/USA TODAY SportsOne expert believes it may help Gregg Marshall's team to lose a game at this point.

Wichita State has the potential to accomplish something not done since 1976: an undefeated season capped by a national championship. The No. 2 Shockers, currently 29-0, are expected to win their remaining two regular-season games -- including Tuesday night's matchup against Bradley (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2) -- and will be the heavy favorite in the Missouri Valley conference tournament.

But does perfection in the regular season and conference postseason guarantee success for the NCAA tournament? We asked each of our experts -- Fran Fraschilla, Seth Greenberg, Miles Simon and Bruce Pearl -- to weigh in on whether a loss would benefit Gregg Marshall's team long term.


It's highly unlikely that Wichita State will lose either of its last two regular-season games, and only slightly less unlikely that it will lose in the Missouri Valley tournament next week. But if the Shockers do, would a loss be looked at as a positive for Gregg Marshall's team? My answer is potentially yes, and here's why.