The media pack chronicling Wichita State's unbeaten basketball season will hit another level this weekend.
Gregg Marshall did an interview with CNN on Thursday, as well as Yahoo radio and the Washington Post. A television crew is doing a story on the Wiggins family, including WSU senior Nick Wiggins, for an NCAA Tournament feature.
ESPN’s Bob Knight will attend Friday’s practice and Saturday’s game against Missouri State. He will interview Marshall for ESPN’s coverage on Saturday during its college basketball programs. ESPN’s crew for the game will consist of Holly Rowe, Rich Hollenberg, Mark Adams and Sean Farnam.
Marshall admires Knight’s coaching career and wanted to coach against him. A loss to Gonzaga spoiled a chance for his Winthrop team to meet Knight’s Texas Tech team in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. He scheduled a series against Texas Tech in 2008 and 2009, but Knight retired and handed his team to son Pat Knight.
“It will be a real treat for me to get to talk to him,” Marshall said. “I know he’s going to go pheasant hunting while he’s here.” The only pheasant hunting currently available is on shooting preserves.
Marshall celebrated his 51st birthday Thursday. From a basketball perspective, it is more fun than a year ago.
Last season, WSU lost to Evansville at home on his birthday, blowing a chance to clinch a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title. A planned celebration with friends from out of town wasn’t much fun.
“Then we didn’t win at Creighton the following Saturday, so I’m thinking this 50-year-old deal is terrible,” he said. “Fifty-one is better. That 50th year turned around really, really well.”