With strippers, recruitment violations, and cash come problems.
“A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.”
And after the reports and firings comes the punishments. The 2013 championship banner is gone. Sure the banner is gone, but will we remember anyone else winning that year? No. But it sure is fun to speculate. As an alumnus of Wichita State I can confirm that hearing this news hurts. Having lost to Louisville by 4 points sure makes you wonder how it would have played out if we played Duke instead who lost by 22 to Louisville.
In 2013 Joe Dieker took home the grand prize beating out 739 brackets. He correctly picked Louisville as the champion. We will never know who would have won had Louisville not showed up… but it won’t stop me from playing the fun game of “What If?”
Before we can begin I must apply some assumptions:
1. Louisville beat #16 NCA&T, #8 Colorado State, and #12 Oregon to reach the elite 8. The odds are heavy that either of them would have knocked off a #1 seed of any type. And my time is short so we will proceed…
2. It would take a team of 33 people to scour the record books and interview the selection committee to determine who would have replaced them as a Number 1 seed in that region. They played the #2 seed Duke in the Elite 8. We will assume that Duke would have had a great chance of beating the number #2 that year.
3. So that leaves Duke and Wichita State in the Final Four with the winner playing Michigan.
4. This leaves us with 4 potential scenarios that could have played out: