Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall knows Stew Morrill wins a lot of basketball games, and not much more about Utah State.
To quickly bring him to speed: Wichita State drew a tough matchup in ESPN's BracketBusters series on Feb. 20. The Aggies are 16-6 and are 60-2 at home dating to the 2005-06 season.
"Stew Morrill is a fantastic coach," Marshall said. "I wanted to play the best RPI team we could play and I'd love to go somewhere where it's warm and sunny, but I don't think we can do both."
The game will be televised on ESPN 2 (Ch. 33) at 11 p.m. The game caps off 11 games televised on Feb. 19 and 20, including Old Dominion at No. 24 Northern Iowa and Nevada at Missouri State.
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The made-for-TV series is designed to help teams play resume-boosting games to help their NCAA Tournament resume. Winning at Utah State would certainly do that for the Shockers (19-4, 8-3 MVC). WSU's RPI is No. 48. Utah State's is No. 55. Utah State will return the game to Wichita during the 2011-12 season.
"I think in a lot of ways it is a fun match up for us because you know you have to return, and when we return we will return to a great crowd and a great arena," Morrill said in a news release. "Wichita State is a high-caliber team from a high-caliber conference."
The Aggies are tied for first in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-2 record. They won their sixth-straight game with a 77-58 win over San Jose State on Saturday. They are 12-1 at home, including a win over No. 12 BYU. Saint Mary's defeated the Aggies 68-63 at the Smith Spectrum on Dec. 5, snapping a 37-game home win streak.
The Shockers are 2-4 in games associated with the BracketBusters series and 0-2 in road games.
WSU, which received five points in the Associated Press poll, must first focus on Wednesday's game at Northern Iowa. The Shockers trail the Panthers by two games in the MVC race.
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