WSU still had a chance, as Frankamp came up with a clutch three-pointer with 46 seconds left to cut Marshall's lead to 78-75.
The Shockers have tournament experience, share the ball beautifully and crash the glass ferociously, but they lack the defensive intensity of their past teams, and will allow the Thundering Herd to keep it close from outside. His 20-point second half in the C-USA title game sealed the deal for Marshall to head to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987.
No. 8 Virginia Tech falls to No. 9 Alabama, 86-83
Matthews hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, and Rhode Island advanced with an 83-78 win over Oklahoma in the Midwest Region. Prediction: Alabama has a gritty team, and with a star like Sexton, they're capable of beating any team in the country.
Marshall draws up a ideal play out of the timeout to take a 80-75 lead! The Shockers ranked No. 164 nationally defending the 3-pointer, so they are vulnerable against Marshall's key offensive principle. Wichita State shot just 41.1% from the field and 33.3% (6-18) from beyond the arc in the loss.
The Thundering Herd are 12th in the nation in scoring, averaging 84.3 points per game. In the end, Marshall knocked down 9 of 23 (39.1 percent) from 3-point range, providing enough cushion to pull away late.
Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success
Last year's victor Sizing John was absent after suffering a fractured pelvis. 'I can't believe it. Native River was by farmer Fred Mackey and is handled in England by trainer Colin Tizzard.
Another No4 seed has been sent packing. His tenure with the Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000s emphasized fast breaks on every possession, with all possessions aiming toward either shot attempts in the lane, or from behind the 3-point line.
Marshall advances to play the victor of No. 5 seed West Virginia and No. 12 seed Murray State in Sunday's second round in the East Region.
Texas Tech surges late to top Stephen F. Austin, 70-60
The moneyline for this game is Texas Tech: -130, Florida: 110 and 100% have picked Texas Tech to win the game. Though he played a fantastic all-around game, Smith's night will be remembered for one play.