Marshall Hosts Regional-Rival Ohio Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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HUNTINGTON, WV After a big win at Cincinnati, the Marshall men’s basketball team will face regional-rival Ohio at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center.

 

The Thundering Herd (5-0) continued its best start to a season since 1999 with a thrilling 73-69 overtime win at Cincinnati on Friday. Senior guard Damier Pitts scored a game-high 19 points and sophomore guard DeAndre Kane added 12 points and leads the team with 15.6 points per game. Junior forward Dennis Tinnon recorded 15 points and 14 rebounds to increase his team-leading rebounding average to 8.8.

 

Defense and rebounding is always the emphasis for head coach Tom Herrion’s team and the latest national rankings have reflected that. Marshall enters the game ranked sixth in the nation in rebounding (42.8), sixth in rebounding margin (+11.4), 30th in points allowed (57.5) and 31st in three-point field goal percentage defense (38.7).

 

Marshall will face Ohio (3-1) for the first time since the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Bobcats ended the Herd’s season in the second round of the postseason tournament 65-64 at the Cam Henderson Center.

 

Ohio returns three starters from last season’s 19-win team. The Bobcats are coming off a close 59-54 loss at No. 7 Louisville on Friday. Ohio, a member of the Mid-America Conference, is led in scoring by junior guard D.J. Cooper’s 15.5 points per game. Ohio State transfer Walter Offutt leads the squad with 7.0 rebounds per game. The game against the Cardinals was Ohio’s first game on the road. Its other three wins were against UT-Martin, Lamar and Arkansas State.

 

This will be the 98th meeting between Marshall and Ohio and is the most common NCAA Division I opponent faced by the Herd in school history. The Bobcats lead the series 51-46, but the Herd has won four of the last five.

 

The game can be heard on radio stations throughout the Thundering Herd Network. Livestats and live streaming can be accessed through HerdZone.com.

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