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No. 23 Kentucky Up Next for Marshall
It will be the 12th time that the Thundering Herd (7-5) will play the defending champs, with the Wildcats (7-3) leading the all-time series 11-0. The last time the two teams played was in Cincinnati on Dec. 1, 2003, an 89-76 UK win.
Marshall is coming off a 64-48 win over Savannah State on Wednesday, its seventh win in the Cam Henderson Center. Kentucky knows all about home win streaks. Earlier this season, UK’s then nation-leading 54 game win streak was snapped with a 64-55 loss to Baylor. The Wildcats other two losses came to Duke in the Champions Classic in Atlanta, Ga. and at Notre Dame.
Since its loss to the Fighting Irish, UK has won three-straight games, all at home and by an average of 32.6 points. The Wildcats’ Archie Goodwin (15.8 ppg) and Alex Poythres (15.0 ppg) are the only pair of freshmen teammates to average 15+ points per game in the nation.
Marshall has a pair of 15+ scorers in D.D. Scarver (15.5 ppg) and DeAndre Kane (15.0 ppg). However, Kane, who has missed the last two games, remains out for an indefinite amount of time with a right hand injury. In the absence of Kane, third-year head coach Tom Herrion has started two different players at the point guard position in each of the last two games. Sophomore Chris Martin started against No. 11 Cincinnati and freshman Tamron Manning started against Savannah State.
For Manning, Saturday will serve as a homecoming with the Georgetown, Ky. native playing in the same building where he led Scott County High School to a runner-up finish at the 2011 Kentucky State Championship.
Junior forward Elijah Pittman, also a Kentucky native, won the 2009 Kentucky State Championship with Holmes High School in Rupp Arena. In his first year with the Herd, Pittman is averaging 14.3 points per game while becoming one of Marshall’s best three-point shooters.
The game will be shown on ESPN2 with Mark Jones and Kara Lawson on the call. It will also be shown on WatchESPN.com, on online option available to those with cable subscriptions to TimeWarner, Comcast, Brighthouse and Verizon.
The contest can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network or online with a paid subscription to Herd All-Access.
Gametracker can be accessed at HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdZone on twitter all season long for the latest Herd news as well as live scoring updates.