NEW YORK, NY. (KWCH) -- The Wichita State Shockers arrived at their Times Square hotel shortly after 7:00pm local time Sunday night. Gregg Marshall said the team will have plenty of time to deal with the distractions of the big city prior to Tuesday night's tip-off.
"Well we've got a day and a half. We're going to go have a nice dinner at Del Frisco's and we're going to practice in the morning and we're going to the dinner associated with the tournament's Final Four tomorrow night," he said. "Hopefully by that time, they will have calmed down and be ready to play by Tuesday."
Markis McDuffie grew up in Paterson, N.J., a suburb of New York City. Marshall said McDuffie was gladly showing off his old stomping grounds on the bus ride to the hotel.
“Markis was a tour guide, pointing out things, showing guys different stuff," he said. "We saw Cookie Monster and we made sure Eli saw it... so, they're having fun.”
McDuffie shared his excitement to play in Madison Square Garden earlier this week.
"As a kid, growing up in New Jersey, you're watching a team from New York all your life and always watching how famous that arena is and how many celebrities have been in that arena to watch games," he said. "For us to get the experience to play there, considering I've never played on a floor like that and I'm sure these guys haven't either, is very special."
The Shockers get their first taste of Madison Square Garden Monday afternoon at their closed practice. Wichita State tips off against Lipscomb Tuesday at 6:00 CT in the semifinals.