Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall: Where does the Shockers Season Stack up Historically?
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall joined Jeff Thurn on Tuesday's edition of Overtime.
Marshall completed his seventh year at Wichita State. He guided the Shockers to a perfect regular season record, and a Missouri Valley Conference title. Wichita State finished the year 35-1 after losing to Kentucky on Sunday. The Shockers were a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament. On Monday, Marshall was named Henry Iba Coach of the Year by U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Last year, Marshall led Wichita State to the Final Four, and lost to the eventual national champions, Louisville Cardinals.
Marshall talks about the atmosphere against Kentucky on Sunday:
"It was tough. The first time we had lost all year, we weren't used to giving speeches after losses, and the boys were heartbroken. It was very difficult locker room post game to navigate."
Marshall discusses how his team was in the game with Kentucky, and proved the Shockers could compete with anyone:
"Yeah, we went toe-to-toe with arguably one of the most talented teams in the country. A team on paper that was preseason No. 1 coming into the season, but they had not played up to their potential throughout the course of the season, and man, on Sunday, I thought they were really good. Coach Cal got them ready, they did a great job of running their stuff, making big shots, and really defending and playing hard. Our guys countered that with some quality basketball that we've been playing over the course of the season, and it just came down to one possession, one play, and they were one play better."
Wichita State beat Tennessee earlier in the season by nine, and now the Volunteers are in the Sweet Sixteen. Marshall shares why March is a great tournament, and how anything can happen.
"No, it's why it is a great tournament, and it's a lot of fun for the nation to tune in and watch this thing, and who is going to emerge. We knew that was a good Tennessee team all along, and for whatever reason, they were termed a 'bubble' team and people were criticizing our schedule because we didn't anyone, but we knew Tennessee was really good. We played a great game to beat them, and we appreciate the fact they were able to put together a series where one game was in Knoxville, and one game was in Wichita."
Marshall on where his 2013-2014 Wichita State Shockers stack up historically?
"Well, in the history books, we are the only team to start a season 35-0, and we are a non-BCS school that was able to achieve those numbers, as well as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. We finished the regular season and conference tournament, No. 2 in the country, and anticipate us being in the top 15 or top 10 at the end of the season with the 35-1 record, and I feel good about our season. I'm not going to write the history books, but the next time someone starts to have a season like that when they go that deep when they go undefeated, they will reference our team."
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