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Men’s Basketball to Host Rice Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Both teams will take to the floor at the Cam Henderson Center in hopes of breaking a losing streak, two for the Herd (10-14, 3-6 Conference USA) and three for the Owls (5-18, 1-8).
Marshall leads the all-time series 6-2 and has won the last three meetings.
Junior guard DeAndre Kane is coming off a 23-point performance at UAB, a game which Marshall lost 75-61. His scoring average of 14.8 points per game ranks 11th in the C-USA while also leading the league in assists (7.2). Kane has been moving up the career charts at Marshall and is currently just eight points away from tying hall of famer Hal Greer for 19th on Marshall’s all-time scoring list.
Junior forward Elijah Pittman leads the Herd and ranks 10th in the conference in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
Senior center Nigel Spikes has been a force on the defensive end of the floor recently, averaging 4.5 blocks per game over the last four games. For the season, he ranks sixth in C-USA with 1.8 blocks per game. His block total of 43 continues to move up Marshall’s season list, currently tied for 10th with Derrick Wright.
Marshall continues to be one of the best rebounding teams in the conference with 38.5 boards per game, good for second in the conference, a half rebound average behind Houston (39.0). However, the Herd has been outrebounded in its last four games, the first time ever under third-year head coach Tom Herrion. Not good for a team who is 2-10 this season when being outrebounded and 8-4 when winning the rebounding edge.
Rice averages just 25.7 rebounds per game, the lowest average in the conference. The Owls also don’t score much, averaging a C-USA low 59.7 points per game, and is coming off a 61-39 loss to SMU on Saturday.
Rice, like Marshall, is winless on the road this season at 0-7. The Herd has enjoyed another successful season in the Cam Henderson Center with a 9-2 record there. Marshall officially boasts a 9-3 home record with the Herd’s game against Cincinnati in Charleston on Dec. 15 counting as a home event.
The game can be heard on the radio throughout the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network. It can be viewed and herd online with a paid subscription to Herd All-Access. Gametracker can be accessed through HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdZone on twitter for scoring updates in every game throughout the season.//