San Diegans who were at Viejas Arena on the San Diego State campus Friday won't soon forget the Thundering Herd's performance that defeated a 13-point favorite, Wichita State, 81-75, in a first-round game of the East Regional.
Junior point guard Jon Elmore, perhaps one of the most under-appreciated players in college basketball, played the entire game and scored 27 points to leave Wichita State shocked. This year they have plenty of upsets again, like one region where you need to pick the 11, 12, AND 13 seeds, and another region with a 4-seed in the Final Four.
Before Thursday, such an upset had most recently happened in 2016, when Hawaii beat California 77-66.
The Marshall coach was in a great mood following his team's win, which was the program's first-ever tournament victory.
Marshall advances to play the victor of West Virginia and Murray State on Sunday. They made huge plays down the stretch and without that we wouldn't have won.
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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. "He made some tough shots and got some easy looks that we can't give up". Burks posted solid 13 points.
"I like our kids", he said. "Our kids fit the style real well", D'Antoni said. They led 33-31 with under four minutes left in the first half before North Carolina went on a 12-1 run to take control by the break.
"Everything Houston does we do, the D'Antonis of course, and you will see Golden State running our plays and we will run their plays".
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.
While the Thundering Herd was able to conquer Wichita State, taking down the Rockets is a completely different monster. Frankamp led the Shockers with 27 points.