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Herd to face blast from the past in NCAA tournament opener

Herd to face blast from the past in NCAA tournament opener

As Marshall continues a historic season, it's only fitting that its next step carry with it a blast from the past.

Marshall (24-10), a 13 seed in the East Region, faces the No. 4 seed Wichita State Shockers at 1:30 ET Friday in an NCAA Tournament Opening Round game in San Diego, Ca. Eastern time and can be seen on TNT.

The Wichita State Shockers (25-7) are coming from a 77-74 loss to Houston in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal.

There are plenty of connections between the teams and their staffs. Wichita State is led by former Marshall assistant Gregg Marshall and former Marshall head coach Donnie Jones is an assistant for Wichita State.

The Herd comes into the contest with a record of 24-10 and winners of four straight, dating back to a win over No. 24 Middle Tennessee in the regular-season finale.

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None of them were able to do what current Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni has done in his fourth season.

Saturday's win over the Hilltoppers marked the first conference championship for the Herd since Marshall defeated Davidson, 66-64, in the Southern Conference championship on March 7, 1987.

"That game should be played all the time anyway", D'Antoni said. "It gives us a chance to represent the school and the state on a national level. I'm glad they got to come here and enjoy this all with us". The crowd erupted with cheers at the mention of Marshall being announced among the 32 automatic tournament bids that went to conference tournament champions. In addition to winning the C-USA Tournament, the Herd went on the road and upset then-No.

"We're looking forward to (the tournament)", junior guard Jon Elmore said. Marshall vs Wichita State tv channel schedule is on TNT stream. The Shockers also shoot 38.5 percent from beyond the arc as a team and rank third in the nation with 18.5 assists per game.Shamet is flanked in the backcourt by senior Conner Frankamp, but Wichita State's greatest strength lies in its strong frontcourt play.

Landry Shamet leads the Shockers with 15.0 points and slightly more than five assists per game.


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