Herd Set for Final Home Weekend

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With a Conference USA Tournament berth on the line, Marshall men’s basketball (9-18, 5-9) will host FIU (13-14, 6-8) Thursday at 8 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. The game will be televised by American Sports Network, and will be broadcast locally through GetTV.

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?
Although every active member of the Thundering Herd reached the scoreboard, it wasn’t enough as Marshall men’s basketball dropped its second consecutive game at UAB on Saturday evening. Cold shooting spurned the Herd, as it went 17-of-59 (28.8 percent) from the field and 4-of-25 (16 percent) from 3-point range. Justin Edmonds (Albion, Mich.) was the only Marshall player in double figures with 11 points. Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio) scored seven points for Marshall, but made just 1-of-7 from the floor and 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

A WIN WOULD…

-          Clinch a spot for Marshall in the C-USA Tournament

-          Be the Herd’s sixth in the last nine games

-          Give Marshall its most wins in C-USA play (six) since 2012-13, when it went 6-10

 

WHAT’S ON THE LINE
Two scenarios could clinch a spot for Marshall in the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. (March 11-14). The Herd is in with either one win or one Florida Atlantic loss. The Owls have dropped nine straight since they defeated Marshall, 76-62, in Boca Raton, Fla., on Jan. 17. 

POINT GUARD FORWARD
Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) is the “hub” of Marshall basketball – he leads the team in scoring (14.6/game) and rebounding (8.7/game). When looking a little closer at statistics, they reveal much more about the sophomore forward. This season, Marshall is 0-7 when he plays 25 minutes or less, and is 0-5 when he fouls out. In Conference USA Herd wins, Taylor has 22 assists and eight turnovers. In losses, he has 15 assists and 32 turnovers.

LOOP LOVES THE CAM
Statistics have shown some staggering differentials involving Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio) in home versus away Conference USA games. In league games at home, Loop averages 46 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and leads the team with 16.0 points per game. When the Herd is away from “The Cam” in league play, Loop averages 25 percent from the field, 24 percent from the 3, and 8.0 points per game.

#TBT
Thursday’s game will be a ‘60s disco theme, throwing it back to coach Dan D’Antoni’s playing days at Marshall in 1967. Fans can use the promo code HERD1967 for $6.67 tickets at HerdZone.com. Students dressed in their best ‘60s outfits will dance-off for a chance to win $500 cash and other prizes.

LOCAL BROADCASTS
Fans will be able to see two upcoming Marshall basketball games on GetTV, a television channel carried locally by WCHS/WVAH-TV. Viewers can catch Marshall versus FIU at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Marshall at Old Dominion at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Get TV is available as over-the-air channel 8.2. Most Suddenlink cable systems carry GetTV on channel 131, and Comcast cable subscribers will find GetTV on channel 135.

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 GOLDEN PANTHERS
FIU (13-14, 6-8) lists two double-figure scorers in Dennis Mavin (17.5/game) and Adrian Diaz (13.1/game). The Golden Panthers have clinched a spot in the C-USA Championship, and are looking for their third win in the last five games. Most recently, FIU fell to North Texas, 70-56, at home (Feb. 21). FIU is 3-4 in the league when playing away from Miami, listing road wins against Florida Atlantic, Charlotte and Southern Miss.

Marshall is looking to rebound from its 66-62 overtime loss on Jan. 15, in Miami. The loss was the Herd’s first in the series. MU leads, 2-1, with both wins coming at Cam Henderson Center.

UP NEXT
Marshall will host the Florida Atlantic Owls at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cam Henderson Center. It’s Senior Night for three members of the Thundering Herd:JP Kambola (Toronto, Ontario), Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal) and Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.). For all the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.

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