The No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers take on the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd in the Second Round of the East Region. The game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Sunday, March 18. Tip-off time is TBA.
Just halfway through the second day of March Madness action we were gifted with yet another No. 13 seed knocking off a No. 4 seed, thanks to Marshall topping Wichita State, 81-75.
The Thundering Herd were a 13-point underdog heading into their contest with Wichita State and the victory marked the first-ever win in five previous trips to the Big Dance dating all the back to 1956.
Junior guard Jon Elmore was electric for the Herd scoring 27 points and hitting four from downtown, while Jarrod West hit a monster 3-pointer with three minutes left to help seal the victory.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers had no problem dispatching No. 12 Murray State 85-68 in order to advance. Three starters for WVU put up double-digit scoring. The effort was led by senior guard Jevon Carter who put up 21 points, who dished 8 assists and grabbed six steals. And don't rest on freshman Teddy Allen who contributed 16 off the bench.
The two teams are set to meet on Sunday.
Date: March 18
TV Channel: TBA
Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Opening Betting Line: TBA
Prediction: Marshall should feel pretty confident about their game heading into their match-up with West Virginia. Dan D'Antoni is a known stats nerd and his team delivered on all that was asked of them: They were solid from the free throw line making 72.7% of their shots and they were efficient from beyond the arc, making 39.1% of their 3s on 9-of-23 shooting. Plus, the Herd played hungry forcing 15 turnovers.
If West Virginia wants to stop Marshall's Cinderella run, they've got to control the offensive paint. Marshall grabbed just seven offensive boards and defending Marshall from the perimeter is going to be no easy task.