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Marshall, WVU to meet in second round of NCAA Tournament

After winning their first-round games, Marshall and WVU will face off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in San Diego. (WCHS/WVAH)

After winning their first-round games, Marshall and WVU will face off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in San Diego.

Marshall (25-10), the 13-seed in the East Region, defeated No. 4 Wichita State 81-75 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was Marshall's first appearance in the tournament since 1987 and the school's first NCAA Tournament win ever. Marshall made it into the NCAA Tournament by defeated Western Kentucky last week in the Conference USA Championship.

In the game following Marshall's win, No. 5 WVU (25-10) beat No. 12 Murray State (26-6) 85-68.

This will be the 44th all-time meeting between Marshall and WVU. The Mountaineers lead the series 33-11 and have won five straight meetings. The last time the school's met was in 2015 when WVU blew out Marshall, 86-68.

Marshall's last win came back in 2011 when the Herd upset the Mountaineers 75-71.

Marshall relies on an up-tempo run-and-gun style offense. The Herd averages 84.2 points per game and shoots 47 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. 45 percent of Marshall's shots this season have been from 3-point range. The Herd is also unselfish and is 11th in the nation in assists.

Marshall is led by one of the highest scoring guard duos in the nation. Junior guard Jon Elmore leads the team in scoring with 22.8 points per game. He also leads the team in assists with 6.9 assists per game.

Fellow guard C.J. Burks is scoring 20.3 points per game.

Marshall also has the nation's leading shot blocker in junior forward Adjin Penava. Penava is averaging 15 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game.

Defensively, Marshall allows teams to score 78.7 points per game.

West Virginia is scoring 79.6 points per game and shoots 43 percent from the flood and 35 percent from 3-point range.

As it has been in years past, the Mountaineers' calling card is defense. WVU is allowing just 69 points per game and is 15th in the country with 8 steals per game.

Senior guard Jevon Carter is the catalyst for the Mountaineers on both ends of the court.

Carter leads the team with 17 points per game and 6.6 assists per game. He also averages 2.9 steals per game.

Sophomore forward Sagaba Konate is the anchor for West Virginia's defense. He is averaging 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game.

The Herd and Mountaineers will faceoff Sunday at Viejas Arena in San Diego Sunday. Tipoff is set for 9:40 p.m. ET.

The winner will advance to the Sweet 16.




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