Herd to Face Pirates Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Herd to Face Pirates Wednesday at 7 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, WVIn its final road game of the regular season, the Marshall men’s basketball team will play at East Carolina Wednesday at 7 p.m.


The contest at Minges Coliseum will be broadcast on WSA in the Huntington area and WITN in Greenville, N.C. with Tony Casticone (play-by-play) and Keith Morehouse (analyst) calling the action.


Marshall is coming off an 87-67 loss to Memphis and is looking to sweep the season series of ECU for the second time in three seasons. The Thundering Herd  (17-11, 8-6 C-USA)  is currently tied for fifth place in Conference USA with UAB while the Pirates (12-15, 3-11 C-USA) are in a three-way tie with Tulane and SMU for 10th place. All 12 conference teams are trailing Memphis which is in first place by one game over Southern Miss.


Marshall is led in scoring by sophomore guard DeAndre Kane who ranks fourth in the conference with 15.7 points per game. Junior forward Dennis Tinnon is coming off his ninth double-double of the season and ranks 26th in the NCAA and third in the conference with 9.8 rebounds per game.


According to the latest NCAA RPI, Marshall’s strength of schedule is ranked as the 20th toughest in the nation. With just the Herd’s non-conference opponents, its strength of schedule is ranked eighth with teams like Iona (39), West Virginia (50), Akron (58) and Belmont (59) benefiting that ranking with a strong RPI. Marshall’s RPI ranking is 62.


ECU has lost its last five games including a 61-75 loss to UAB Saturday. The Pirates rank first in C-USA with 8.0 steals per game, second with 14.4 blocks and second with 7.5 three-pointers made per game. Junior Miguel Paul ranks among the conference leaders in several categories including a C-USA leading 5.8 assists per game and ranking sixth in scoring with 15.6 points per game.


Marshall leads the all-time series 12-5 including a 4-3 mark in Greenville, N.C. The Herd has won seven of the past eight meetings including a 78-68 win earlier this season in Huntington. The Herd is 6-2 all-time on the rare date of Feb. 29 and has won its last five leap day games.


In addition to the television broadcast, the game can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network. Live video and stats can be access through HerdZone.com.