- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall bristles when he hears the term “mid-major” applied to his team, even though he understands where people are coming from.

“There is not a lot that is mid-major about these guys,” Marshall says.

The Shockers have yet another opportunity to prove that Thursday night, when they face top-seeded Alabama in the NIT championship game. It’s the first of two title games pitting teams from smaller conferences against those from the so-called major conferences.

Butler and VCU meet in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday, with the winner facing UConn or Kentucky _ a pair of traditional basketball heavyweights _ for the national championship.


“I like to refer to our situation as a non-BCS program,” Marshall says. “There are a lot of major programs that would like these guys.”