NCAA Tournament: Wichita State vs. Marshall fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 1:30 ET
Venue: Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
All You Really Need To Know About Wichita State (25-7)
(AAC), RPI: 16. 4-seed
Second in the AAC regular season and losing in the conference semis to Houston, the Shockers were good, and they were close to doing good things, but they stalled. That’s okay – they’re built for the NCAA Tournament, anyway, going ten deep with a team that keeps coming in waves.
One of the best teams in the nation at moving the ball, and third in the country in rebounds, it’s an unselfish, active group that cleans up everything. What it doesn’t do is create steals, and it’s just okay at stopping the three, but stopping the O takes something special.
All You Really Need To Know About Marshall (24-10)
(Conference USA), RPI: 86. 13-seed
With a great run to the Conference USA championship – coming up with a thrilling win over WKU to get the invite into the dance. The 1-2 scoring punch of Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks is devastating both in the backfield and on the boards, but this is a deep team that will score in bunches.
Amazing at coming up with blocked shots, great from three, and outstanding at keeping the ball moving, this is a high-octane attack averaging 85 points per game. The defense is lacking, there aren’t enough rebounds, and there are too many turnovers, but they’ll keep on shooting.
What’s Going To Happen
Marshall is about to get killed on the boards.
Wichita State is one of the best passing teams the country, and it’ll show with a whole lot of easy shots, but it’ll be the defensive glass that changes the game. The Thundering Herd might be able to put up points in bunches, and they’ll shoot a whole lot of threes, but there won’t be any second chance points.
The Shockers aren’t all that great at guarding from beyond the arc – Marshall will come up with a few to stay alive – but they can hit from three, too.
Get ready for a wild and fun shootout, with the Shockers pulling away in the final moments to survive the scare.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wichita State 86, Marshall 79
Line: Wichita State -11.5, o/u: 166.5
ATS Confidence: 2.5
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