The Wichita State Shockers couldn't secure the AAC Championship after losing to the Houston Cougars, 77-74, in the semifinals, however, the Shockers still had an outstanding season posting a 25-7 (14-4 AAC) record and earning a 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid. The senior guard scored 27 points, including a number of deep 3-pointers in the second half. Alum and longtime high school coach-turned-NBA assistant Dan D'Antoni leads the Thundering Herd to their first NCAA Tournament since a vacated appearance in 1987.
Key in such a matchup in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament is for the stronger team to assert its dominance early.
Marshall has trouble shooting from inside the arc, so hitting threes will lead to easier inside looks, which infinitely improves the chances for the Herd pulling the upset. Junior forward Ajdin Penava added 16 points and eight boards.
Now, Wichita State aims to ward off a would-be Cinderella in Conference USA automatic qualifier, Marshall. Another Elmore three delivered Marshall a 56-54 lead with 10:28 left. The Thundering Herd led by as many as seven in the first half.
The game's start was bleak start for the Shockers, who missed 10 of its first 11 three-point attempts and watched as Shaquille Morris, Zach Brown and Markis McDuffie all went to the bench straddled with two fouls.
Another No. 4 seed has been sent packing. Lipscomb has lost four games to NCAA Tournament teams by an average of almost 22 points, and the Bisons' strength on the boards will be negated by the second-best rebounding team in the country. Frankamp made the technical free throw, then Darral Willis drilled a three to kick off an 11-1 run to end the half and give WSU a 37-34 halftime advantage.