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MARSHALL VS. MARSHALL

March 11, 2018 - 8:30 pm

What's in a name?

In the 4-13 matchup, it's Marshall. Coach Gregg Marshall leads his fourth-seeded Shockers (25-7) against No. 13 seed Marshall (24-10). Marshall was an assistant at Marshall — or was it Marshall employed Marshall as an assistant? — from 1996 to 1998.

The Shockers didn't miss a beat in their first season in the American Athletic Conference and secured their ninth straight 25-win season. Marshall earned an automatic berth as the Conference USA Tournament champion and is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987.

How does Marshall (the coach) feel about the showdown?

He skipped interviews and was unavailable.

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