HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The top three teams in Conference USA men’s basketball will visit Cam Henderson Center this week, beginning Thursday when Marshall (10-10, 6-1) hosts Middle Tennessee (14-5, 6-1) at 7 p.m. ET. On Saturday, the league-leading UAB Blazers (17-3, 7-0) will visit the Herd at noon on CBS Sports Network.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, Thursday’s game can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call and Woody Woodrum as analyst. Live video and live stats will be available through HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Senior forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) sunk a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation to lift Marshall to a 78-75 road win at Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at Ted Constant Convocation Center. Kelly paced the Thundering Herd with his Conference USA-leading 10th double-double of the season, producing 21 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) followed Kelly with 19 points, alongside Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) with 15 and Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) with 13. Elmore had seven assists for the Herd. For the Monarchs, Trey Freeman had a career-high 37 points, with 20 coming in the first half.
A WIN WOULD…
– Tie Marshall’s overall win total (11) and C-USA win total (7) from last season, when the Herd finished 11-21, 7-11
– Give Marshall its best eight-game start to conference play since going 7-1 to start the 1996-97 Southern Conference season under Greg White
– Continue the Herd’s longest home win streak in conference play since winning 12 in a row over three years (1996-98) in the Southern Conference
– Give the Herd its longest home win streak since winning seven from Nov. 22, 2010, to Jan. 10, 2011
SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
Middle Tennessee (14-5, 6-1) will take a six-game win streak into Cam Henderson Center on Thursday. Its only loss in C-USA play is to the league-leading UAB Blazers to open the conference season on Jan. 3. Sophomore guard Giddy Potts is shooting a blistering 51.1 percent from long range, good for the fourth-best mark in the nation. Potts leads MT with 16.3 points per game, followed by junior forward Reggie Upshaw’s 13.5 points per game. Upshaw is the team’s top rebounder with 8.6 per game.
The Herd is looking for its first win against MT since Nov. 17, 2009, as the Blue Raiders have claimed each of the last three meetings. MT leads the all-time series 6-2 with both losses coming in Huntington, where the series record is even at 2-2.
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HERD HAPPY HOUR
Enjoy discounted concessions before the game (6 to 7 p.m.), including $1 hot dogs. The first 250 students in attendance will receive a free Thundering Herd koozie. Tickets are available at HerdZone.com.
Marshall will host the league-leading UAB Blazers on Saturday at Cam Henderson Center. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the game with a noon tipoff. For the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.