Marshall Hosts C-USA Leader Memphis Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Marshall Hosts C-USA Leader Memphis Saturday at 4 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, WVMarshall’s men’s basketball team takes aim at first place Memphis in a Conference USA matchup Saturday at 4 p.m.

 

The game will be televised nationally on FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Perry Clark (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline reporter) calling the action.Due to the national broadcast, the game will not be streamed on HerdZone.com's All-Access platform because of Conference USA's television agreement with the network.

 

Marshall (17-10, 8-5 C-USA) enters the contest on a three-game winning streak for the fourth time this season after a 66-58 win over Houston on Wednesday. The Thundering Herd currently sits in a tie with UCF for fourth place in Conference USA, just two games back of leader Memphis (20-8, 10-3 C-USA), with three games left to play.

 

Marshall’s DeAndre Kane ranks fifth in C-USA with 15.7 points per game while Damier Pitts ranks 11th with 14.4 points per game. Pitts has been the scoring leader for the Herd in each of its last five games.

 

It’s not often that a player will accomplish something by just stepping on the court, but that’s exactly what senior guard Shaquille Johnson will do Saturday. The senior guard will play in the most games of any player in Marshall men’s basketball history as he is currently tied with Darryl Merthie, a member of the Herd from 2006-10, with 126 games played.

 

Marshall leads the conference in rebounding (40.0), offensive rebounds (16.0), rebounding margin (+7.6) and three-point percentage defense (30.5).

 

Memphis took sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings with a 70-47 win over East Carolina on Wednesday and in doing so, recorded their 12th straight 20-win season. Sophomore Will Barton scored a game-high 25 points against ECU and leads the conference with a season average of 18.1 points per game. Memphis leads C-USA in scoring offense (74.3), scoring margin (+9.9), field goal percentage (48.7), field goal percentage defense (64.4) and blocked shots (5.9).

 

The Tigers lead the all-time series 9-2 and edged the Herd in the first meeting of the season 83-76 in Memphis. The Tigers hold a 3-2 advantage in games played in Huntington, but Marshall won last year’s meeting 85-70.

 

In addition to the national broadcast by FSN, the game can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network. Live stats can be accessed through HerdZone.com.

 

The doors will open at 2:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than normal, to give fans an opportunity to get autographs from Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. The 2011 America’s Got Talent winner and West Virginia native will be in the main concourse of the Cam Henderson Center at 2:30 to sign autographs. Those seeking an autograph must have a valid ticket to the basketball game. CD’s and other memorabilia will be available to purchase on location.

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