The College of Charleston basketball team is in the quarterfinals of the NIT. The Cougars advanced with a 64-56 win at Cleveland State Saturday. This is the team’s longest NIT run in school history.
Up next is Wichita State, who advanced with a win over Virginia Tech Sunday. The Shockers are led by former Winthrop head coach Greg Marshall. Marshall also has ties to the College of Charleston, accepting a job there before changing his mind and returning to Rock Hill. That’s when the Cougars hired Bobby Cremins, who is no stranger to a last minute change of heart himself. Not a bad storyline.
Unfortunately the game will not be in Charleston which means Marshall won’t be returning to the scene of the crime so to speak. Marshall was long coveted by many USC fans to take over their program. He left for Wichita State the year before Dave Odom stepped down in Columbia. He is averaging 20 wins a season in his four years with the Shockers and has mentioned as a potential canidate for jobs at N.C. State and Arknasas.