Herd Headed Back to Birmingham for Postseason Play

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Twelfth-seeded Marshall men’s basketball (11-20, 7-11) will take on fifth-seeded Western Kentucky (19-11, 12-6) in the first round of the Conference USA Men’s Basketball Championship on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Legacy Arena.

The tilt is to be televised by American Sports Network with Mike Gleason on the call and Ben Braun as analyst. In addition to live tweets from @HerdMBB, live stats will be available through ConferenceUSA.com. The official live radio broadcast can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network.

Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) posted his league-leading 14th double-double in an 86-73 loss for Marshall at Charlotte to end regular-season play on Saturday evening at Halton Arena. Taylor totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds while classmate Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio) topped the Herd’s scoring column with 19 points.


-          Be Marshall’s second consecutive win in the C-USA Championship First Round

-          Total the most season wins (12) for the Herd since it went 13-19 in 2012-13


Sophomore Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) earned third team All-Conference USA honors, the league office announced on Monday. The award is the first of his career. Taylor is the fourth Thundering Herd player in history to earn third-team honors, and the first since Damier Pitts in 2012. Rounding out the group is Mark Patton (2006), Markel Humphrey (2007, ‘08, ‘09) and DeAndre Kane (2011). Last season, Taylor was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team alongside Kareem Canty.

Sophomore Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio) was named to the 2015 Conference USA Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team, as it was announced by the league (March 6). The award recognizes athletes for their achievements in the classroom and on the court, as the recipients must hold a minimum 3.2 GPA and are a starter or key reserve for their team. The honor is the first of Loop's career. He holds a 3.6 GPA as a double major in clinical exercise physiology and biomechanics.

Going into postseason play, here’s a look at Marshall’s season-by-season performance in Conference USA men’s basketball.

Season           Record            Finish                          Seed   Tournament

2005-06          5-9                   9th of 12                    9          0-1

2006-07          7-9                   Tie 8th of 12              8          1-1, quarterfinals

2007-08          8-8                   Tie 6th of 12              8          0-1

2008-09          7-9                   Tie 6th of 12              7          0-1                  

2009-10          11-5                 Tie 3rd of 12              4          0-1, bye, quarterfinals

2010-11          9-7                   Tie 5th of 12              6          1-1, quarterfinals

2011-12          9-7                   Tie 5th of 12              6          3-1, runner-up

2012-13          6-10                 Tie 9th of 12              9          0-1

2013-14          4-12                 Tie 14th of 16           14         1-1, 2nd round

2014-15          7-11                 Tie11th of 14            12         vs. Western Ky.


The Herd completed the 12-team field for the 2015 C-USA Basketball Championships with its win over FIU (Feb. 26). Tickets are available for purchase online at C-USA member school athletic box offices or by calling UAB directly at 205-975-8221. Eleven men’s games are included in the men’s all-session ticket package, with prices starting as low as $100 for all four days. Excellent lower bowl seating is still available at $180, while a premium seating package is offered at $250. Ticket holders for the men’s games will have access for the women’s championship games at no extra charge.

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.

Fifth-seeded WKU wrapped up the 2014-15 regular season with a 19-11 overall record and a 12-6 league mark in its inaugural season in C-USA. The Hilltoppers are 8-1 with two championships in their last three conference tournament appearances, having won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament by winning four games in four days in both 2012 and 2013. WKU senior T.J. Price was named to the 2014-15 All-Conference USA First Team, and fellow senior George Fant picked up All-C-USA Second Team recognition, the league office announced Monday.

The Herd and Hilltoppers split their home-and-away series this season, with each team claiming a win on its respective home court. Each of Marshall’s six victories against WKU have come in Huntington, while the Toppers lead the overall series 12-6 and are 2-0 against the Herd in neutral territory. The last time the teams met in the postseason was Feb. 22, 1952 - an 89-74 Topper win at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Louisville, Ky.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will face No. 4-seed and tournament host UAB on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on American Sports Network. For all the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.

GAME 32: NO. 12 MARSHALL (11-20, 7-11 C-USA) vs. NO. 5 WESTERN KENTUCKY (19-11, 12-6)

Wednesday, March 11 | 7 p.m. ET
Birmingham, Ala. | Legacy Arena (17,654)
TV: American Sports Network/GetTV (W.Va.) | Championship Central | Live Radio | Twitter

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