INDIANAPOLIS -- Following his team's 64-58 win over Dayton on Friday night, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall criticized the NCAA tournament selection committee -- again -- for slotting the Flyers as a 7-seed against the Shockers, a team many believe deserved better than a 10-seed.
"And I would like to finish by saying that, once again, I think Dayton deserved a better draw in this tournament," said Marshall, whose team advances to face Kentucky. "I'll finish with that."
Dayton coach Archie Miller, meanwhile, noted the Shockers deserved a higher seed and could beat any team in the country on a neutral floor.
"[They're] like a 4-seed, like a 4- or 5-seed maybe," Miller said after the game. "Thirty-some wins, and you look at the numbers across the board. I mean, every coach studies the analytics. They're a team that can beat anybody on a neutral court at any time, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were pushing toward another second weekend. They're a great team, and they're really well coached, maybe as fun of a team to prepare for as we've had."
Marshall had previously lambasted the selection committee for his team's 10-seed position on Selection Sunday. The Shockers, the Missouri Valley Conference champs, are ranked sixth by KenPom.com and 15th by ESPN's BPI. They were also ranked 20th in the Associated Press poll before the committee announced the field.
"Somehow, 20 divided by four equals 10, but that's OK," Marshall told reporters then. "That's the way it's been for a long time. I don't know what we'd do if we were a really good seed most of the time."
A Sunday affair against Kentucky at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will give Marshall another chance to silence his program's doubters and prove the selection committee wrong.
"It's going to take a lot," Wichita State's Zach Brown said after the game. "We've definitely seen them play. Everybody's seen Kentucky play this year. They have guys that can take you off the bounce at any time. They're really good. They're really good defensively, and they get out in transition, so we're really going to have to get back.
"It's going to be a grind. It really is. They're not going to back down, just like we're not. It's going to be a classic game. We're all excited for it. We can't wait."