While it can be said about a lot of teams, the Shockers truly play as one unit and don't have any true superstars who are going to go off on a regular basis. With that said, there are certainly some very integral players on the team who will need to come up big during the tournament if Wichita State is going to have an success.
The Shockers have a couple go-to guys on offense, and while others can pick up the slack when they are off their respective games, the following players must be at their best in the coming games.
Senior center Garrett Stutz is one of many major contributors for the Shockers, but it wouldn't be unfair to say that he is the most important.
He took a huge leap forward this season after averaging just 15 minutes per game last year, and he now leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, rebounding with eight per contest and blocks with one every game. At 7'0", Stutz is simply a matchup problem on both ends of the floor.
Almost every team has good guards, and while guards can win you a national title, it is much tougher to find quality big men.
Stutz is just that, and his mere presence gives the Shockers an advantage over the competition. He is proficient in the paint as he shoots 55.6 percent from the field, and he hits over 80 percent of his free throws, so he is an all-around threat the opposition must account for.
Like Stutz, point guard Joe Ragland is a player who has really improved from last season to this one as he went from a fringe starter to one of the most integral players on the squad.
Ragland leads the team in assists with 3.4 per game and he only turns the ball over 1.8 times per game, which is quite impressive for a point guard. Even better than that, though, he is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per contest.
Ragland shoots nearly 57 percent from the field, which is almost unheard of for a guard. While he does excel at getting to the rim, it isn't as if Ragland is solely a dribble-and-drive player.
He is also a good spot-up shooter as evidenced by his team-leading 57 three-pointers and three-point percentage of 50 percent. Efficiency is paramount in the NCAA tournament, and Ragland is as efficient as they come.