Bound for its first NCAA Tournament appearance in three decades, the Thundering Herd will be the No. 13 seed in the East Region.
"We're excited we've been talking about this for nearly four years now, planning it, and we're ready to make it happen", said A.J. Boleski, Intrust Bank Arena General Manager. Assistant Donnie Jones was on staff at Marshall as well for six years under current Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, he was also head coach from 2007-10. They want to advance and we want to advance.
The Herd's 67-66 win over Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday secured its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1987 under coach Rick Huckabay. This season, Wichita State had notable road wins against then No. 5 Cincinnati and No. 16 Baylor.
Middle Tennessee, a team who was nationally-ranked two weeks ago, did not make the Field of 68 after losses to Marshall in the regular-season finale and Southern Miss in the C-USA quarterfinals.More news: Adobe Systems (NASDAQ:ADBE) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.28
Four players are averaging at least 8.1 points per game for Marshall, they are Jon Elmore (22.8), C.J. Burks (20.5), Ajdin Penava (15.5) and Rondale Watson (8.1).
Just before Marshall's selection was announced, West Virginia found out its opponent for the 2018 NCAA Tournament as well.
The game from San Diego State University's Viejas Arena will be televised on TNT.
Wichita State has become one of the top mid-major programs in the nation under Marshall.More news: Calm before the storm? North Korea still mum on Trump summit
The game will be played at 1:30 p.m.
If both West Virginia and Marshall win, they would meet in the Round of 32 in San Diego on Sunday. They've come to every game and packed this gym.
Wichita State's scoring leaders are redshirt sophomore guard Landry Shamet (15 points per game) and redshirt senior center Shaquille Morris (14 points per game).
Sagaba Konate averages 10.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds while also averaging 3.3 blocks per game. Marshall basketball yields 78.8 points per game against the opposing teams.More news: Important Stats for Investors: Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. (FLXN), Progress Software Corporation (PRGS)
On the season, Wichita State basketball averages 83.0 points, 40.5 rebounds and 18.5 assists per game.