No one likes to lose, so why is there even discussions going on as to whether or not head coach Gregg Marshall and the Wichita State Shockers should lose a game before the NCAA tournament?
Why would anyone ever want to fail on purpose in any sport or anything in life? Because in college basketball, history has proven that no team entering the NCAA tourney undefeated has won it all since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985?
Right, that’s why.
Seemingly everyone gets a participation trophy when they’re younger, from little league baseball to CYO basketball or club soccer, even if your team goes 0-15, finished 30 games out of first-place, and you don’t even record a hit or point. Fear not, you’ll still get a medal or some sort of cheap trophy to serve as a reminder to your failure as a team and player. Losing is not acceptable, especially on purpose. Society is going soft, but that’s a discussion/rant for a different day.
Wichita State doesn’t want a participation trophy.
Wichita State should be angry at the mere suggestion that they should try to lose before the tournament. But surely, this isn’t why they’re angry.
They’re 32-0 and are absolutely rolling.
They just beat Evansville by 22 points to advance to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals. Better yet, they’ve beaten their last four opponents by an average of 23.5 points.
Lose? That’s a clown statement, bro.
It’s all about momentum (and the draw) come tournament time, and Wichita State has just a bit of momentum.
Besides, according to Sir Isaac Newton‘s first law of motion, an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force.
The response to this is two-fold. The Shockers are the force in motion and according to the Newton’s law, they can’t halt their own motion, an external force has to. Today’s external force in Missouri State, a team they beat by 23 points a week ago.
To recap, not only should Wichita State not lose on purpose, but they can’t lose on purpose.