No. 13 Marshall upsets No. 4 Wichita State in slow-moving nailbiter

Lynette Rowe
March 18, 2018

The 13th-seeded Marshall Thundering Herd pulled off a 81-75 upset win over No. 4 seed Wichita State on Thursday in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Perhaps it's a big stretch to say Marshall would ever play - let alone beat - the NBA-leading Houston Rockets, coached by Dan's brother, Mike D'Antoni. Landry Shamet missed the front end of a one-and-one with 28.9 seconds and the Shockers then missed two 3-point attempts in the next 12 seconds before turning the ball over.

With its 85-68 victory against Murray State, No. 5 seed West Virginia is set to face No. 13 seed Marshall for a shot at the Sweet 16 at 9:40 p.m. ET Sunday in San Diego. They said they started the fast break and the zone defense, of course we're a man team.

And now that Wichita State moved out of the Valley and into the bigger, multi-bid American Athletic Conference this season, Muller was more than delighted to take a jab at the Shockers after the NCAA tournament loss to Marshall.

Wichita State wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 7 points from turnovers, compared to Marshall's 27. One minute left to play can mean anything from something resembling an actual minute to, well, something much closer to 20.

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"We never played our best", said Marshall.

Penava scored16 points, Burks 13 and Williams 10. Wherever we get in the auto driving down the road to that championship, when it stops we'll all get off we'll be happy because we like who is in the vehicle.

Senior guard Conner Frankamp made a career-high 27 points and also tied a career-high six made three-pointers in his final game as a Shocker. So we've got a little bit to do. We like the journey we're on. I like our kids.

The Bulldogs now play an in-state rival, second-seeded Purdue.

D'Antoni knows his analytics and the expected value of a corner 3-pointer, contested lay-up, a trip to the foul line for two free throws, etc.

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