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Dan D'Antoni sends message to his brother after Marshall's upset of Wichita State

Marshall basketball coach Dan D'Antoni
Marshall basketball coach Dan D'Antoni USA Today Sports

Fresh off an upset of No. 4 seed Wichita State, Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni didn't waste any time sending a message to a potential future opponent.

"Tell my brother we'd beat his team," the former longtime Socastee coach said in a postgame interview after the 13th-seeded Thundering Herd beat the Shockers 81-75 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

Perhaps it's a big stretch to say Marshall would ever play - let alone beat - the NBA-leading Houston Rockets, coached by Dan's brother, Mike D'Antoni. Yet, he and the Herd seem to be up for any challenge in front of them.

Next up is a big one: in-state rival West Virginia, the fifth seed out of the East Region. Tip off is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by TBS.