Missouri State misfired on 18 of their first 22 shots, and unlike the first meeting–it was not close.
Senior Day may have had the threat of freezing rain in Wichita, Kansas–but that warm and very fuzzy feeling on Senior Day was felt all over Charles Koch Arena during the early afternoon.
Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 13 and the second-ranked Shockers rolled to a relatively easy 68-45 victory. 22 of 43 shooting helped propel the Shockers, as they became the first team since the Jameer Nelson-led St. Joseph’s squad of 2003-04 to enter their conference tournament undefeated.
Considering only seven other schools since 1940 have accomplished the feat, it is a very special time in college basketball history. It is so difficult to do, even with all of the parity and really talented coaches and players up and down the college basketball landscape.
As humble and special this group of players and Head Coach Gregg Marshall has molded this latest team of winners, let us take some time to treasure this moment coming up for them in St. Louis and hopefully beyond into a repeat trip to the Final Four in Dallas come early April.