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A look at Wichita State’s few great escapes in a perfect regular season

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Wichita State's Ron Baker holds up his jersey at the end of a 68-45 victory against Missouri State at Koch Arena …

Wichita State completed the first undefeated regular season since 2004 in Division I men's college basketball Saturday by beating Missouri State 68-45.

Many of the Shockers' 31 victories this season have been decided by similar lopsided margins, but not all of them. Coach Gregg Marshall's team flirted with defeat a handful of times. We look back at those games here by ranking them in order of greatest escape.

Jan. 11, 2014, Wichita State 72, Missouri State 69 (OT) - The Shockers trailed by 19 points in the second half but rallied to force overtime and win behind 22 points and 14 rebounds from Cleanthony Early.

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Wichita State forward Darius Carter (12) celebrates after an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri State …

Feb. 1, 2014, Wichita State 81, Evansville 67 - Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each scored 14 points to lead a comeback from a 15-point deficit.

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Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) drives against Evansville center Edidijus Mockevicius (55) during the …

Dec. 17, 2013, Wichita State 72, Alabama 67 - The Shockers finally found some separation from the Crimson Tide in the final 30 seconds of a back-and-forth affair in Tuscaloosa. The five-point margin of victory tied Wichita State's largest lead of the second half.

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Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) dunks the ball against the Alabama at Coleman Coliseum. (USATSI)

Dec. 1, 2013, Wichita State 70, Saint Louis 65 - The Shockers only took the lead for good in the final minute after trailing by seven with less than 7 minutes remaining on the road against the Billikens. Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet and Cleanthony Early combined to score the final six points.

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Wichita State guard Ron Baker (31) controls the ball against Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett (5) during the second …

Nov. 26, 2013, Wichita State 75, Brigham Young 62 - In a rough-and-tumble, game the Shockers led by six in the final minute when BYU gave up any hope of a tie or upset with a flagrant foul that led to the ejection of Cougars' guard Nate Austin. BYU coach Dave Rose also earned a technical foul. Ron Baker buried six free throws after taking an elbow from Austin.

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Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and team members celebrate after the game against BYU at Sprint Center (USA …

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