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No. 3 Seed Furman Prepared To Face No. 6 Seed Wichita State In Wednesday NIT Opener

Jordan Lyons and Matt Rafferty
Jordan Lyons and Matt Rafferty

Furman vs. Wichita State Game Notes

Greenville, S.C. -- Furman will look to take the first step towards a trip to Madison Square Garden when the third-seeded Paladins entertain No. 6 seed Wichita State in round one of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Timmons Arena.

Tickets for Wednesday's game are $15 each and can be purchased at FurmanPaladins.com. Furman students will receive free admission with a valid Furman ID.

Wednesday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Drew Fellios and Nate Ross calling the action. Fans can listen to the game on the Furman IMG Sports Network on FoxSports 1440AM, via StretchAudio at FurmanPaladins.com and thru the TuneIn Radio app. Dan Scott and Bryant Lambert will handle play-by-play and color commentary, respectively.

The winner of Wednesday's matchup between the Paladins and Shockers will advance to face the winner of Tuesday night's No. 2 seed Clemson and No. 7 seed Wright State matchup. The second round contest's location, time and television details will be posted after the conclusion of the first round.

The Paladins (25-7), who compiled a school-record 25 victories this season, will be making their 11th postseason appearance and third in the last four seasons. Wednesday's game will represent just the second appearance in the NIT for the Paladins, who dropped an 86-67 decision at West Virginia in their only previous trip to the NIT in 1991. Furman made back-to-back appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2016 and 2017, advancing to the tournament's semifinals in 2017.

Wichita State arrives in Greenville at 19-14 overall and 10-8 in the American Athletic Conference. Led by Markis McDuffie's 18.5 points per game, the Shockers have won 11 of their last 14 games. Head coach Gregg Marshall's squad won the 2011 NIT and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2013. Wednesday's game will mark the first meeting between the Paladins and Shockers on the hardwood.

The 2019 NIT will feature several experimental rules, including moving the three-point line back one foot, eight inches, widening the lane to 16 feet and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds after offensive rebounds. Team fouls will also be reset at the 10-minute mark of each half and there will be no "one-and-one" free throw situations.