"I would say that the teams they remind us the most of that we've played this year are Savannah State and South Dakota State", Wichita State's Marshall said of the Herd.
The Thundering Herd (24-10) held off Western Kentucky in the Conference USA tournament championship game to snap their 31-year NCAA tournament drought.
Marshall hasn't appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 1987 and is the underdog against the Shockers, who earned a tournment bid out of the American Athletic Conference.
"I was pleased with (our seed)", Marshall said.
The Herd probably played above their heads, and they're not deep at all (they played just seven players), but their offensive system is familiar to anyone who's watched a D'Antoni team; when they get good looks, they pull the trigger, and on days shots are falling that's often enough to beat anyone, including either West Virginia or Murray State, one of whom will play Marshall on Sunday.
After Frankamp's long jumper gave the Shockers a 70-69 lead with just less than 5 minutes to go, Penava made a layup.
Shaquille Morris responded with a slam dunk for the Shockers before the 6-foot-9 Penava made another layup and Burks had a steal and a layup to give Marshall a six-point lead.
While the Thundering Herd was able to conquer Wichita State, taking down the Rockets is a completely different monster. After a long video review, the referees awarded the ball to Marshall, and Penava dunked off an inbounds pass. Every play I want to play him out, get around him, get him in foul trouble, get the assist.
"We know what we're capable of", Elmore said.
Frankamp responded with 3s on consecutive possessions for Wichita State. Morris had 12 for the Shockers and Shamet 11.
"It's going to be a track meet - a lot of points on the board", answered Jon Elmore, Marshall's star junior point guard.