Reaching the Final Four isn’t just about how good your team is—it’s also about who you had to beat along the way. Sometimes, having a favorable matchup (or set of matchups) can turn what looks like an also-ran like last year’s ninth-seeded Wichita State squad into a March success story.
This season’s Shockers, of course, are a a higher-profile team, heading in as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest. That’s often the best way to get an easy path to the national semis, but does Wichita State have the easiest road of all?
Herein, a look at what’s ahead for the Shockers, along with five more teams that lucked out on Selection Sunday to get comparatively easy chances at trips to Arlington.