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“Twenty-five games in, it comes with the territory. We’ve been through it every game. Everybody wants to knock you off,” VanVleet said. “

The Shockers have just six games left in the regular season and should be solid favorites in each one of them.

Wichita State faces Evansville, Loyola and Bradley on the road - and all of those teams woke up on Sunday under .500 in the Valley.

The Shockers host Southern Illinois, Drake and a decent Missouri State team (16-8) in the season finale on March 1.

The Memphis team that the Shockers are a win from matching made it all the way to the national title game before a heartbreaking overtime loss to Kansas.

Wichita State isn’t looking that far ahead quite yet. But over the last three months, the Shockers have done everything in their power to set up another run to the Final Four.

“I would say it’s a combination of a couple of things. One, the confidence they gained this year, and certainly the confidence from last year and what they accomplished,” Jacobson said about the Shockers. “You have to have really good players, and they have that. And you have to be well coached, and they are that.”