Herd to Rematch Western Kentucky

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After dropping the Conference USA season opener to the Hilltoppers in January, Marshall men’s basketball (8-16, 4-7) will look for revenge when it hosts Western Kentucky (16-7, 9-2) Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET at Cam Henderson Center. The “White-Out” game is to be televised by American Sports Network.

In addition to live tweets from @HerdMBB, live stats will be available through HerdZone.com. The official live radio broadcast can be found on theThundering Herd IMG Sports Network and College Sports Live.

HAVE YOU HERD?
Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) recorded his sixth-straight double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in the Herd’s 80-73 win over North Texas at home on Saturday. Senior JP Kambola (Toronto, Ontario) contributed the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The performances by Taylor and Kambola mark the first time that two players had double-doubles in the same game since a 121-57 demolishing of Alice Lloyd last year (Dec. 17, 2013). That game also marked the last time that six Thundering Herd players reached double-figure scoring.

A WIN WOULD…

-          Be the Herd’s fifth in the last six games

-          Give the Herd a four-game home win streak in C-USA play for the first time since a four-game stretch at the end of 2010-11 (Feb. 16 to March 5, 2011)

-          Give the Herd a three-game win streak in C-USA regular-season play for the first time since 2012 (Feb. 11 vs. East Carolina, Feb. 18 at SMU, Feb. 22 vs. Houston)

-          Tie Marshall’s longest win streak of the year (three games)

 

CHUCKING UP DEUCES
Six consecutive double-doubles for Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) marks the longest Marshall streak since J.R. VanHoose closed out 2000-01 with 10 straight. Taylor has 11 this season, tied for first in Conference USA with UTEP’s Vince Hunter, and lists 18 for his career. VanHoose had 55 for his career: nine as a freshman, 10 as a sophomore, 20 as a junior and 16 as a senior.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
Marshall listed six double-figure scorers in an 80-73 win against North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 7: a first versus a Division I opponent since a triple-overtime home win against UCF, 121-115, on Feb. 27, 2010. The last time the Herd did that in regulation time was on Dec. 20, 2009, in a 109-76 win over High Point at Cam Henderson Center.

MOVIN’ ON UP
Since its nine-game losing streak ended against UTEP on Jan. 24, the Herd has won four of its last five games, moving from last place into a three-way tie for fifth in Conference USA. Marshall’s four league wins matches its C-USA total from last season. A fifth win would be the most since the Herd went 6-10 in 2012-13.

#WINNING
Saturday’s game will feature the two winningest men’s basketball programs among current Conference USA members. According to NCAA records, Western Kentucky ranks in the top 25 programs of all time at No. 18 with a 1,695-856-0 (.664) record prior to this season. The Herd was 1,411-1,040-2 (.576) at the start of 2014-15. Below is a list of Conference USA rankings according to all-time wins.

  1. Western Kentucky: 1,695-856-0 (.664)
  2. Marshall: 1,411-1,040-2 (.576)
  3. UTEP: 1,310-984-0 (.571)
  4. Louisiana Tech: 1,257-972-0 (.564)
  5. Southern Miss: 1,200-979-1 (.551)
  6. Middle Tennessee: 1,133-1,006-0 (.530)
  7. North Texas: 1,095-1,229-0 (.471)
  8. Old Dominion: 1,064-689-0 (.607)
  9. Rice: 1,046-1,346-0 (.437)
  10. Charlotte: 785-634-0 (.553)
  11. UAB: 713-431-0 (.623)
  12. UTSA: 493-467-0 (.514)
  13. FIU: 359-557-0 (.392)
  14. Florida Atlantic: 283-473-0 (.374)

 

WHITE-OUT WKU
Saturday’s game will combine a “White-Out” theme with Valentine’s Day, as the first 1,000 in attendance will receive a Marco heart t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to wear all white to the game.

LET’S GET SOCIAL
Keep up with the latest news about Herd basketball by liking the team’s official Facebook page: Marshall University Basketball. For live in-game updates and news, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter. Want to see photos and behind-the-scenes action? Give @HerdMBB a follow on Instagram.

SCOUTING THE HILLTOPPERS
Despite dropping its second Conference USA game versus Rice on Saturday, Western Kentucky (16-7, 9-2) owns a three-way share of the league lead with Louisiana Tech and UAB. The Hilltoppers list four double-figure scorers, led by T.J. Price’s 17.7 points per outing. Price also tops the team with 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. As a team, the Toppers lead C-USA with 14.7 assists and 26.8 defensive rebounds per game, and rank third in the league with a 72.7 scoring average.

The Hilltoppers lead the series, 12-5, and claimed the teams’ last meeting (Jan. 4) to open C-USA play, 81-62, in Bowling Green, Ky. Each of Marshall’s five wins against WKU have come at Cam Henderson Center, including last season’s 74-64 triumph (Nov. 26, 2013).

UP NEXT
Marshall will make its second-to-last road trip of the year when it travels to Middle Tennessee (Feb. 19) and UAB (Feb. 21). Both games are slated for 8 p.m. ET tip times. For all the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.

Comments powered by Disqus