WSU and the elusive 10-0 start

Wichita State is 9-0 for the third time in its Missouri Valley Conference days and the fourth time since they first raised a peach basket on Hillside. None of the previous three teams made it to 10-0. It won’t be easy for this group of Shockers, who play at Tennessee on Thursday. The Volunteers, who haven’t broken 50 points in their past two losses, aren’t as daunting an opponent as it appeared a month ago. However, winning on the road against an SEC opponent is a tough task.

Here’s a look at WSU’s previous 9-0 starts:

2006-07

Big wins: The Shockers won at George Mason, Syracuse and LSU to climb the rankings and become one of college basketball’s big November/December stories. They peaked at No. 8 for two weeks before it came crashing down.

How it ended: New Mexico defeated the Shockers 71-68 in Las Vegas, starting a four-game losing streak that essentially defined the season. WSU also lost to Southern Cal in Las Vegas, playing both games without P.J. Couisnard, who got food poisoning at a buffet.

Finishing: WSU went 17-14 and even the NIT wanted no part.

2004-05

Big wins: The Shockers won at Providence and Tulsa. They started 2-0 in the MVC with wins over Drake and Evansville.

How it ended: Manhattan strolled into Koch Arena and surprised everybody with a 64-59 win.

Finishing: The Shockers flopped late in the season before redeeming themselves with two NIT wins at Koch Arena. A last-second loss at Vanderbilt ended their season with a 22-10 record.

1920-21

Big wins: I’m not sure, but beating crosstown rival Friends 35-10 probably sent the gang down to the malt shop in a good mood. I guess they had malt shops in 1920. Maybe a speak-easy?

How it ended: Washburn exacted revenge for an earlier loss by defeating the Shockers 29-21 in Topeka.

Finishing: Fairmount College (as it was known until 1926) won its final seven games to go 16-2 under coach Wilmer Elfrink.