Indiana will play for a place in the National Invitation tournament semi-finals on Tuesday night in Bloomington. The top-seeded Hoosiers will take number 6 seed Wichita State, which is 1
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India's disappointing 2018-19 season still has a chance to end a winning note as Hoosiers advance through 2019 NIT. Hoosiers has now won six of their last seven games and is speeding on Tuesday's quarter-final match with Wichita State.
The Shockers missed the NCAA tournament this season for the first time since 2011 during Gregg Marshall, but has won games at Furman and Clemson moves on to Tuesday's game at Simon Shodgy Assembly Hall. The Wichita State's last NIT appearance back in 2011 ended with a championship.
The IU-Wichita State winner will continue to face either NC State or Lipscomb on Tuesday 2 April at Madison Square Garden.
MEET IT SHOCKERS
Wichita State is headed by senior forward Marquis McDuffie, who was a sophomore back in 2017, when Shockers pioneered Archie Miller and Dayton out of the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis.
McDuffie on average a team of high 18.3 points per game and can generate offense in a number of ways. McDuffie shoots a star-like 81.9 percent from the 188-run free-kick line and shoots 34.6 percent at 3 on a healthy trial (228). He rarely turns over and is the type of veteran who will not be caught at the moment in a harsh road environment. McDuffie and Juwan Morgan should be pretty matchup.
Senior point guard Samajae Haynes-Jones is the only other Shocker on average in double figures of 11.9 points per. Game. He has fought from the perimeter in his last season and shoots only 30.2 percent away from 205 attempts.
Freshmen Erik Stevenson, Dexter Dennis and Jamarius Burton are three important pieces for the future of Marshall and get value after seasons experience in this NIT run.
Dennis, a 6-foot-5 guard from Baker, Louisiana, averaged eight points and shoots a stellar 37.7 percent at 3s. Stevenson shoots a below-average 28.3 percent on the 3rd and fifth on the route scoring 6.5 points per second. Game. Burton, who has started 26 of the team's 35 games, averaged six points in 24 minutes per game. Game.
Junior Jaime Echenique gives Wichita State a legitimate shotgun in the front box. He is on average 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for 18 minutes per. Games, but is 36 in the country in block percent according to KenPom.com. Getting Echenique to trouble can be the key to opening up paint and carriageways to Hoosiers.
Wichita State is a bad shooter, as Shockers only places 320 in 3-point shooting and 279 in 2-point shooting for the season.
The Shockers take care of the ball and are a good offensive rebounding team, but the offensive matches are an important reason why this group missed the NCAA tournament.  Besides the offensive battles, Wichita State is also one of the most obnoxious teams in the country. Free throws can be a great story on Tuesday as the shocks stand in the opponent's free throw rate and also make a bad job getting to the line. Wichita State has been scored with 91 points on the line this season.
WHAT IT'S DOWN TO
The KenPom prediction is Indiana with six with a 69 percent chance of Hoosiers advancing to New York. The Sagarin classifications favor Indiana by almost nine when they are adjusted to homecourt.
After drawing over 12,000 fans over the weekend for the Arkansas winner, Indiana could have another generous atmosphere on Tuesday night at Simon Shodgy Assembly Hall. Tickets are affordable for only $ 20, parking is free and it is also the last opportunity to see Morgan playing in Bloomington.
Wichita State is already fighting test on the road in this event and while Indiana wins its last two games Hoosiers sometimes fought in both wins.
If Indiana can continue to get solid game from its backcourt trio Al Durham Jr., Devonte Green and Rob Phinisee, Hoosiers has an excellent chance of moving on to Madison Square Garden. However, if the IU shows deficient and lacking focus, Wichita State staff and coaching are needed to pursue insurgency in Bloomington.
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