Wichita State Shockers

After two dramatic wins, Wichita State basketball makes leap in national rankings

Wichita State’s winning ways are starting to be noticed around the country.

The Shockers gained nearly 400 points and moved up seven spots to No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Monday following a week that featured a 76-67 win at home over then-No. 21 Memphis and a thrilling 89-86 double-overtime victory at Connecticut.

WSU’s 15-1 start is tied for the program’s fourth-best. The Shockers have rattled off nine straight victories.

In its second week as a ranked team this season, WSU will once again be tested. The Shockers (15-1, 3-0 American) finish a road swing in Philadelphia on Wednesday against Temple (9-6, 1-3 American), then return home to play another title contender in Houston (12-4, 2-1 American) on Saturday.

WSU continues to fare well in the most important poll, ranking ninth in the NCAA Evaluation Tool, which is used at the end of the season to seed teams into the NCAA Tournament.

The Shockers own a pair of Quadrant 1 wins, the 76-67 win over Memphis and the 80-61 win at Oklahoma State, and their only loss this season is a Quadrant 1 game to West Virginia. WSU is also 3-0 in Quadrant 2 games: a 73-63 win over VCU, an 80-75 win over Oklahoma and Sunday’s 89-86 win at Connecticut.

And those don’t even include wins over power-conference teams like South Carolina and Mississippi, which have since struggled and fallen down the rankings and out of the quality-victory range.

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