_The victory marked the first time since 1964 that Wichita State won on the road against a team ranked in the AP top five. _
That stat, 54 years in the making, is the exact reason why it was best for Wichita State to cut its emotional ties with the Missouri Valley last year and make its move to the American Athletic Conference. The Valley is a great mid-major league with a lot of charm and still some historically good programs. Nevertheless, Wichita State had outgrown the MVC and everyone in that conference knew it. More specifically, the Valley was not and is not capable of presenting the Shockers with what they faced on Sunday: A top-five-ranked team.