Last weekend, Wichita State tipped off against Kansas in a highly-anticipated game. When the buzzer sounded, Fred VanVleet and the Shockers were flawless in victory over the Jayhawks.
Meanwhile, Butler took the Irish into overtime and if it wasn’t for Pat Connaughton’s block at the end of regulation, the Irish would be back in South Bend.
On Thursday night, the two teams will face off for a chance to advance.
If you like outstanding guard play, this is a can’t-miss game. Wichita has speed and a true leader on the court in VanVleet, who only averages 1.7 turnovers a game. Wichita also has a guy by the name of Ron Baker who averages 14 points a game and senior Tekele Cotton with a number of NCAA tournament games under his belt. Notre Dame is led by senior Jerian Grant who does it all for the Irish. The Irish also have a defensive specialist in Connaughton, and a 3-point threat in Steve Vasturia who hit two big 3-pointers in overtime against Butler. This Game will be a battle of the guards. The only question is, who wants it more?
Stats from each team’s last game:
- Wichita State: Fred VanVleet (17 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals)
- Notre Dame: Jerian Grant (6 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds)
Guard chaos! With both teams coming off a big win, this game has the potential to be THE game not to miss on Thursday. This game will be a back and forth battle full of exciting guard play and 3-pointers. This one will come down to the wire, but the Irish will win this one from behind the arch.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of Kentucky and West Virginia in the Elite 8.