Some saw Wichita State falling to a physical Pittsburgh team in the first round. Others doubted the Shockers could compete with Gonzaga in the paint, even if the Bulldogs were considered the weakest of the one seeds.
Next a favorable draw yielded a matchup against No. 13 La Salle, a game by this point that the Shockers were expected to control. They did and advanced to face No. 2 Ohio State, a team that finished tied for second in the best conference in America.
Until the last 10 minutes, Wichita State physically dominated the Buckeyes with effort and strength, at one point building a 20-point lead. The Shockers ultimately hung on to become just the second No. 9 seed to ever advance to the Final Four.
The Shockers’ stunning march to Atlanta was improbable, but where does Wichita State rank among the all-time Final Four underdogs?
In general, I used the formula the lower the seed, the bigger the underdog, but that’s not necessarily a steadfast rule as some upsets were more significant than others, regardless of seed.