"They're a pretty good team," Gillaspie said. "They don't play the best teams every week, but to do something like they've done is pretty impressive, no matter what level you're at or even what sport you're in. It's pretty incredible."
The Shockers, at 34-0 out of the Missouri Valley Conference, are the first team to enter the Big Dance undefeated since UNLV in 1991. The 1975-76 Indiana team was the last undefeated national champion, but no team has accomplished the feat since the tournament expanded to 64 (and now 68) teams.
"I haven't [filled out a bracket] yet," said Gillaspie, who was an All-American for the Shockers from 2006-08 before being drafted after his junior season. "I probably will in the next day or two. But [Wichita State is] just so well-coached. They don't make a lot of mistakes, so hopefully they can continue to do that."
Wichita State, which advanced to the Final Four last season, would play the winner of Kentucky-Kansas State in the third round and potentially defending champion Louisville in the Sweet 16. National championship runner-up Michigan and perennial contender Duke are also in the star-studded region.
"They've got their hands full," Gillaspie said. "But they'll get their chance to prove to everybody that they're legit, so hopefully they're ready to do that."
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.