Another 13-seed advances as Marshall shocks Wichita State

In the First Round, the Thundering Herd defeated the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers, 81-75.

It was the first ever tournament win in six tries over 62 years for the Thundering Herd, who became the second No. 13 seed this year to advance to the second round after Buffalo defeated No. 4 seed Arizona on Friday.

The victory, before a divided crowd of 10,892, should bring a good number of West Virginians to San Diego this weekend for Marshall's showdown Sunday with West Virginia, the state's powerhouse.

Marshall last appeared in the tournament in 1987, when it lost to TCU. "So, we've got a little bit to do". It had won 10 total over those five years, including a Final Four run in 2013, and six of the 10 as the lower-seeded team. The Thundering Herd forced 15 turnovers, while the Shockers had a free throw rate of 0.200 (below their season average of 0.259).

A day after his counterpart Bob Huggins said Marshall "can come to Morgantown anytime they want to", D'Antoni reiterated his stance that the series should be home-and-home or played on a neutral site.

There wasn't much cheering from the Marshall fans as West Virginia led by as many as 31 in the second half.

After trailing by as many as seven points in the first half, WSU reeled off a 15-1 run that spanned halftime and gave it a 41-34 lead within the first minute of the second half. "So we're going in confident, and we think we can win". When they play at that tempo and have that type of skill across the front line and into the backcourt it's hard to guard. Williams was one of two Aggie big men with a double-double as he finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. "But I say it does count, because the stats from that game count". Morris had 12 for the Shockers and Shamet 11.

It continued a memorable first collegiate season for Williams, who has seen his minutes skyrocket during the second half of the season. I like our kids.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jarron Cumberland had 27 points and 11 rebounds to set career highs in both categories Friday as Cincinnati recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half to beat pesky Georgia State 68-53 in the NCAA Tournament. "They're hustlers. They put their heart on the line, and usually I'm pretty good at quotes".

Marshall: It wasn't 3-point shooting that was the problem.

  • Leroy Wright