Third-Seeded Herd Set for C-USA Quarterfinals

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Having secured a double-bye in the C-USA Tournament, third-seeded Marshall men’s basketball (16-15, 12-6) will face the winner of No. 6 seed UTEP (18-13, 10-8) and No. 11 seed FIU (13-18, 7-11) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET at Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, Ala.

American Sports Network will televise the game in addition to a free online stream at Dave Armstrong will call the game along with Tim Scarborough as analyst.

In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call. Live stats will be available through

Sop Marshall overcame a 23-point deficit and sunk two buzzer-beaters en route to a thrilling 108-106 overtime win to end the regular season against Southern Miss on Saturday, March 5. Sophomore point guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) poured in a career-high 35 points and had the best perfect game of free throws in school history, going 15-of-15 from the line. Forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Michigan) produced his 14th double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds on his Senior Night. His five boards made him only the second player in Herd history - joining 1970s star Russell Lee – with 600 points and 300 rebounds in a season. Kelly hit a layup off an inbounds play at the regulation buzzer to force overtime, and junior Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio) drained a long jumper in the final seconds of overtime for the win.

Live stream (free)
WVAH-2 (Charleston), digital channel 11.2
Suddenlink: 125
Comcast: 133
Time Warner Ashland/Ironton/Portsmouth: 305, Armstrong: 94

Senior forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) became Marshall’s first player named to the All-Conference USA first team and the program’s first Newcomer of the Year, announced Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The Miami (Fla.) transfer is the only player ranked in the top three in the conference for both points (20.6 per game) and rebounds (9.9 per game) for the regular season. Kelly led the league’s defensive rebounding statistic with 8.1 per game, ranking No. 9 in among Division I men’s basketball players.

In addition to a program-record 12 Conference USA wins, the Herd made school history by earning the No. 3 seed in the 2016 C-USA Tournament. Here’s a look at the 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, q-finals 
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, q-finals 
2010-11          9-7                Tie 5th of 12       6              1-1, q-finals 
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           0-1 
2015-16          12-6             3rd of 14              3              TBD


-          Be Marshall’s first in the C-USA Tournament since March 11, 2014, over Florida Atlantic in the first round (63-59)

-          Be the Herd’s first in the C-USA Tournament under coach Dan D’Antoni (0-1)

-          Advance the Herd to the C-USA Semifinals for the first time since the 2011-12 season; set to face either (2) Middle Tennessee, (7) Charlotte or (10) Rice

-          Be the Herd’s first in the C-USA Quarterfinals since defeating Tulsa on March 8, 2012 (105-100 3OT)

-          Extend the Herd’s winningest season since going 21-14 in 2011-12


The 2015-16 edition of the Thundering Herd is 56 points away from the school record for most points in a season (2,717 in 2009-10).

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The winner of Thursday’s contest advances to the C-USA Semifinals, set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March, 11, on CBS Sports Network. For the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.

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