Shockers #1, Cincy #11, Temple #41 and UCF #48
Digging into the situation, it’s apparent why BPI is so fond of Gregg Marshall’s squad. Wichita State, despite being a 10-seed in the NCAA tournament in 2017, actually finished the season – by BPI’s measure – as the 15th-best team in the country. And it did so as a team that hardly played its seniors at all, so the Shockers are bringing almost everyone relevant back. In BPI’s mind, that’s huge. Returning so many minutes after a strong season is a big reason why BPI considers the Shockers to own the fourth-strongest offense and defense in the country, which helped them edge out the likes of Louisville and Villanova in overall BPI.