Marshall headed west for first NCAA Tournament game in 31 years

Marshall players celebrate after learning where they were placed in the NCAA Tournament Bracket. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be headed to California for its first NCAA Tournament game since 1987.

Marshall (24-10) was selected to be the No. 13 seed in the East Region and will play No. 4 Wichita State (25-7) in San Diego on Friday, March 16.

Saturday night, Marshall defeated Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Championship game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

This will be Marshall's seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Herd made it to the tournament was in 1987, but that appearance was vacated due to NCAA violations.

Marshall will be looking for its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory after losing its previous five games.

Marshall and Wichita State have met twice on the hardwood with each team winning one game. In the 1940-41 season, the Herd lost to the Shockers 36-33. The following season, Marshall got revenge, winning 60-24.

Shockers' head coach Gregg Marshall served as an assistant coach for the Herd from 1996 to 1998 before being named the head coach at Winthrop.

Wichita State finished the regular season in second place in the America Conference and was knocked out of the AAC tournament in the semifinals.

This will be the Shockers' 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, which includes two trips to the Final Four in 1965 and 2013.

Marshall and Wichita State will tipoff at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Marshall's placement in the East Region sets up a potential second-round battle with No. 4 WVU.

See the complete bracket online here.

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