NCAA Latest: Marshall open to scheduling West Virginia

Both teams flew some 2,000 miles for the NCAA Tournament, the Herd to take on Wichita State and WVU to play Murray State in a pair of East Region first-round games.

The seventh-seeded Aggies (22-12) did everything they had to do to hand the Tar Heels a rare loss in a home-state NCAA game.

West Virginia holds a 33-11 lead in the all-time series with Marshall.

Carter paced the Mountaineers on offense with 21 points while adding eight assists and six steals to his career totals.

Lamont West had a big first half contributing nine points and six rebounds.

Marshall wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 18 points from turnovers, compared to West Virginia's 26.

Now West Virginia will travel to Boston for its third Sweet 16 in the last four years, against the No. 1 overall seed remaining in the tournament in Villanova. The Thundering Herd will return to Huntington Monday afternoon, meeting fans at the Cam Henderson Center at 5:00 p.m.

The West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 94-71, on Sunday, March 18 in the second round of March Madness.

A victory over Murray State will propel the Old Gold and Blue into Sunday's Round of 32 where it will face the victor of Friday's first contest between Wichita State and Marshall.

West Virginia sophomore forward Sagaba Konate pulled down an offensive rebound and went right back up. The season was an impressive one for Penava, who said after the game that one of the goals of his upcoming offseason was to get in the weight room and improve his strength.

There wasn't much cheering from the Marshall fans as West Virginia led by as many as 31 in the second half. In fact, they will be awfully pumped up to play against the big state school and grab a chance to take on Villanova in the Sweet 16.

In the second half Sunday night, 15 of 16 Round of 32 games had been completed and all but one Sweet 16 team was known. "Other states - Florida-Florida State, Auburn-Alabama, Michigan-Michigan State - they do it", Cook said. We don't want to go there to eat chips and salsa. It did have 18 assists, but while that number is just above its season average, it committed 18 turnovers. He scored nine points, but made just one of his 12 shots from the field and one of his 10 attempts from three-point range.

The Mountaineers' renowned press began to stifle Murray State's offense. "They get after it", Elmore said.

The Mountaineers opened as 11.5-point favorites to knock off the Thundering Herd but the line has jumped a full point to 12.5 at the majority of online sportsbooks. They defend, trap, run all different kinds of guys at you. West Virginia is at its best when it slows teams down and mucks up possessions.

On the season, Marshall basketball averages 84.3 points, 36.2 rebounds and 17.2 points per game against the opposing teams. And with minimal seniors on the roster, Marshall could be in position to make another run to the tournament next season. "This is a clear demonstration of the significant role West Virginia University Alumni Association members and chapters play in the everyday successes of our University".

Numbers comparable to another non-Power 5 Conference foe WVU faced in a first round game and lost to - Stephen F. Austin.

  • Carolyn Briggs