Gregg Marshall: Despite Loss, a “Good Year for Shocker Basketball”

Fresh off an 81-75 first round defeat to 13 seed Marshall, Gregg Marshall joined Mike Kennedy to reflect on The Shockers first season in the AAC. While any first round exit is obviously disappointing, Marshall tried to keep the loss in perspective.

“Obviously we would have all liked to have played deeper into the NCAA Tournament,” he said, “but the NCAA Tournament is a different beast. As you can see by your own brackets, there are pitfalls everywhere you turn. Unfortunately we didn’t play well and when we don’t play well against a team of the caliber of Marshall University with Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks and the way they play, you can take a fall.”

Coach Marshall also looked back at one defeat that particularly affected his team, a devastating 62-61 loss to Cincinnati on March 4th. “I think that may have been the death knell for our team. I’m not sure we ever recovered from that.”

Despite the loss to Cincinnati and the first round loss to Buffalo in one of the most unpredictable NCAA Tournaments in history, Coach Marshall isn’t ready to hang his head over the end of the season.

“Starting 11 years ago if you had asked me ‘You’re in the Top 25 all year, you’re in the NCAA Tournament, you’re a 4 seed and you come within an eyelash of winning not the Missouri Valley Conference but a league that’s a step above that at least would you take that?’ I probably would have said yes.”