Playing for John Bardo

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (KAKE) -

Markis McDuffie was not ready for his senior year to come to an end. He scored a career high 34 points and led Wichita State past Temple 80 to 74 on Friday night. 

"After he gets his degree he's going to play for pay and he's going to make a lot of money at whatever level. I hope it's the NBA," said Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall. "Tonight he had to of opened some eyes."

Each win in the AAC Championship gets the Shockers one step closer to their ultimate goal of playing in the NCAA Tournament. But each game is also an opportunity for them to play for and honor WSU president John Bardo, who passed away just two days before the Shockers took the court in Memphis, Tennessee. 

"Man, that guy," said Marshall. "I love what he stands for as a man. I love what he did for our campus and our community."

For the past two games Wichita State has worn a "JB" on their jersey as another way to pay tribute to Bardo.

"Him being gone and him being missed it's putting a lot of angels in our soul right now," said McDuffie. 

"Every time we hit the court now we're trying to honor him and his spirit, his tenacity and his willingness to go beyond the call of duty to get things done, and that's what we did," said Marshall. 

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