Kansas City, Mo. —
Gregg Marshall likes to say that Wichita State is a reflection of the town it calls home: a hard-working, blue-collar, nose-to-the-grindstone kind of place.
Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to imagine the studious-looking coach with the specs perched on his nose reminding his often-overlooked team at halftime against Ohio State to “play angry,” and the Shockers riding that command to their first Final Four since Lyndon B. Johnson was president.
“First of all, they’re very good people. They let us coach them,” Marshall said shortly after the Shockers’ 70-66 victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
“They have great character,” Marshall said. “I mean, there are times when it’s not easy in our practice sessions, (but) they allow us to coach them. The team comes first.”