WICHITA STATE (21-14, 10-8 American) at  INDIANA (19-15, 8-12 Big Ten)
National Invitation Tournament | Quarterfinals
Tuesday at 6:01 p.m. CT (7:01 ET) in Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
Telecast: ESPN w/ Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
- A trip to New York is on the line Tuesday night when No. 6 seed Wichita State travels to No. 1 Indiana for an NIT quarterfinal matchup at Assembly Hall. The 6 p.m. CT tip airs on ESPN.
- The winner advances to next Tuesday’s semifinal round at Madison Square Garden to face either Lipscomb or NC State.
- This is the Shockers’ third NIT road game in seven days after wins at No. 3 Furman (76-70) and No. 2 Clemson (63-55).
- A win over Indiana would make WSU the first team ever to sweep the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in regional play. The Shockers are also looking to become just the sixth team to reach New York with three road wins.
- WSU is looking to become just the fourth school to win NIT championships in consecutive appearances after winning it all in 2011. The Shockers’ seven-straight NIT wins is tied for the eighth-longest streak in the event’s 82-year history.
- WSU is 1-1 all-time against Indiana (1-0 under Gregg Marshall). The Shockers won an NCAA first round matchup in 2015 on their way to the Sweet 16. WSU lost to Indiana in the 1989 Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis. This will be its first trip to Bloomington.
- Wednesday’s 76-70 first round victory at Furman was Marshall’s 500th career victory. Marshall is one of just 10 coaches to hit that number by end of his 21st season.
- The Shockers never trailed in Sunday’s 63-55 second round victory at Clemson. The host Tigers attempted 31 free throws to WSU’s 10 but shot just 28.3%, including 2-of-14 from deep. Jaime Echenique (18 points) and Markis McDuffie (16) led the Shocker scoring, and Samajae Haynes-Jones (10 pts, 10 reb)added a double-double. Dexter Dennis chipped in nine points and a team-high 11 boards. The Shockers never trailed.
- This is WSU’s 11th consecutive postseason appearance. The streak began with a 2009 CBI bid and continued with NIT’s in 2010 and 2011, followed by a run of seven-consecutive NCAA tournaments.
- WSU is one of only eight programs that have reached the 20-win mark in every season since 2010.
- WSU returned 11.2% of minutes from 2018 (fifth-fewest in D-I). McDuffie is the lone Shocker with prior postseason experience.
- The rebuilding Shockers were 8-11 (1-6 in American play) in late January but have since won 13 of their last 16 games.
- WSU’s stated postseason goal is to “bring Markis home.” Reaching the NIT semifinals in New York would be a homecoming for McDuffie, who grew up across the river in Paterson, N.J.
- A second team All-AAC pick, McDuffie’s 18.3 points-per-game is the highest Shocker scoring average of the Marshall Era. McDuffie ranks 13th on WSU’s all-time scoring list (1,492). His 154 free throws, 79 three-pointers and 639 points all rank among the top-five on WSU single-season lists. In Sunday’s win, McDuffie broke Randy Smithson’s school record for total minutes (1,161 and counting).
THE SERIES WITH INDIANA
- WSU and Indiana meet for just the third time. The series is tied 1-1. This is the Shockers’ first ever visit to Bloomington.
- The teams last played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament when the Shockers (seeded seventh) upended the 10th-seeded Hoosiers, 81-76, in Omaha, Neb. WSU’s All-American point guard Fred VanVleet (27 points) outdueled Indiana’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (24 points). Ron Baker added 15 points and Zach Brown chipped in 11 points and eight boards for WSU, which upset Kansas two days later to reach the Sweet 16.
- The only other game came on Dec. 27, 1989 in Indianapolis when 10th-ranked Indiana thrashed the Shockers, 75-54, in the first round of the Hoosier Classic.
- WSU and head coach Gregg Marshall are 1-0 against Indiana’s Archie Miller. The Shockers defeated Miller’s Dayton Fliers in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, 64-58. It was Miller’s final game at UD before accepting the Indiana job.
- The 2017 NCAA Tournament also marked WSU’s last appearance in the state of Indiana. The Dayton game and the second round contest against Kentucky both took place in Indianapolis at BankersLife Fieldhouse.
- WSU first-year assistant Lou Gudino is a University of Indiana alumnus. He has the scout for Tuesday’s game.
NIT FIRST AND SECOND ROUND LEFTOVERS
- WSU’s first two NIT opponents were less than 35 miles apart, yet the team returned to Wichita for 48 hours in between wins at Furman (Greenville, S.C.) and Clemson (Clemson, S.C.). The Shockers flew directly from Clemson to Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday evening.
- In last Wednesday’s win at Furman, Markis McDuffie supplied 20 points. Centers Jaime Echenique and Asbjørn Midtgaard combined for 25 points and 20 rebounds in 40 minutes. Tied with 4:00 to play, the Shockers came away with field goals on five-straight possessions then went 4-of-4 at the foul line to put the game on ice.
- Sunday at Clemson, Echenique scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and added two blocks and three steals. McDuffie chipped in 16 points. Samajae Haynes-Jones (10 pts, 10 reb) netted his second double-double of the season, and Dexter Dennis narrowly missed one his own with nine points and 11 boards… WSU held Clemson to 28.3 percent from the field, including 2-of-14 from three… Clemson rallied late to cut a 13-point Shocker lead to three with less than a minute to go, but Haynes-Jones nailed a step-back three ahead of the shot clock buzzer to put WSU up 61-55 with 30 seconds to play.
- Sunday’s win was WSU’s first over an ACC opponent since the 2011 NIT when the Shockers won in overtime at top-seed Virginia Tech. It snapped a five-game skid that included losses to Notre Dame in the 2015 Sweet 16 and the 2017 Maui Invitational title game, as well as to Miami in the 2016 NCAA second round.
- McDuffie is averaging a team-high 18.0 points in the two NIT games. He’s played 75 of a possible 80 minutes.
- Echenique has returned to form after a disappointing AAC Tournament weekend. He’s averaging 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while hitting 15-of-18 shots from the field (.833). He’s 13-of-15 from inside the arc (.857).
- WSU’s platoon of centers (Echenique/Midtgaard/Poor bear-Chandler) averaged 25.5 points, 14.0 rebound, 3.0 blocks in the two wins on 22-of-27 shooting (.815).