“Usually, I’m thinking just get to the next shot, but the next shot never fell,” Williams said.
Seed sequel: In what has been a topic since the selection show on Sunday, the No. 10 seed WSU received was discussed again in the postgame press conference. After answering the final question, Marshall added an unprompted comment.
“I would like to finish by saying that, once again, I think Dayton deserved a better draw in this tournament,” he said. “I’ll finish with that. I think Dayton deserved a better draw in this tournament.”
Asked if he had any reaction to that comment from Marshall, Miller said the committee essentially whiffed on Wichita State’s seed.
“Like a 4 seed, like a 4 or 5 seed maybe,” he said. “Thirty 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 weren’t pushing towards another second weekend.”
Rebounding rout: Wichita State dominated Dayton on the glass for a 48-29 advantage, marking the most rebounds the Flyers allowed all year.
“We were tremendous on the glass,” Marshall said. “I think we were plus 19 on the glass against a veteran, tough team. That was a good rebounding team.”
The Shockers got 13 of their boards on the offensive end, leading to 19 second-chance points.
Coaching news: North Carolina State will hire UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts as its men's basketball coach, according to multiple reports Friday.
N.C. State was rumored to be interested in Miller, a N.C. State grad. Keatts will replace Mark Gottfried, who coached for six seasons. Keatts coached three seasons at Wilmington and compiled a 72-28 record. He made the NCAA tournament the last two seasons.