Jan. 4, 2017
GAME 16: OLD DOMINION (9-5, 2-0 C-USA) AT MARSHALL (9-6, 2-0 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 5 | 7 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s basketball team returns home to host its first Conference USA game of the 2016-17 season when it welcomes Old Dominion on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. It will be a clash of styles, as the Herd has the No. 8 scoring offense in the nation, while Old Dominion has the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game will be broadcasted on the Time-Warner Cable Sports Channel and can also be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call. Live stats will be available through HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD
Marshall earned its second consecutive conference and road win in the 89-72 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls. Ryan Taylor became the fourth person in program history to have 1,400 career points and 800 career rebounds. Taylor also scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds. The Herd held an opponent to less than 20 percent from three-point land for the first time during the 2016-17 season. Christian Thieneman reached double figure scoring for the first time in his career. He also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. Nine different Marshall players scored in the game, while eight grabbed rebounds. Austin Loop has made at least two three-pointers in 14 of 15 games this season. He now has 227 3-pointers.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS
Old Dominion boasts one of the best defenses in the entire country. Its 56.4 points allowed per game is No. 2 in the nation, only trailing Virginia’s 48.6. The Monarchs also do a good job of limiting opponents’ field goals. It limits opponents to 38.8 percent shooting, which is good for No. 36 among D-I schools. The Monarchs are also one of the premier rebounding teams in the nation. It’s 15.57 offensive rebounds per game lead C-USA and are No. 7 in the country. It is also No. 30 in division I in rebounds per game. Its 5.6 blocked shots per game are tied for first in C-USA with Louisiana Tech, while they are tied for 25th in the country.
WHO TO KNOW
The Monarchs’ defense is led by Brandan Stith and Denzell Taylor. Stith leads the team with 2.14 blocks per contest. That is good for 37th in the nation and No. 3 in C-USA. He is also one of the premier rebounders in the nation, as he has 8.4 per game, which is No. 76 in the country. Taylor’s 8.5 boards lead Old Dominion and are No. 66 in the nation. They are the top rebounding duo in the league, as they are the only two players from the same school to rank in the top five in individual rebounding in C-USA. Trey Porter rounds out the rest of the defense, averaging 1.3 blocks a game. Ahmad Caver boasts one of the most impressive assist to turnover ratios in the conference. His +2.5 is good for No. 2 in C-USA and 58th in the nation.
Marshall will meet Old Dominion for the 15th time in series history, which dates back to the 1966-67 season. The series has a special place in Herd history, as the 131 points it scored against the Monarchs on Feb. 27, 1968 mark the most points scored in a single game in program history. The Monarchs lead overall series, 8-6, but the Herd has won the last two contests.
Ryan Taylor scored 23 points and 12 rebounds in front of a crowd of 8, 510 en route to an 82-65 victory over the Monarchs.
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Marshall will host its second consecutive home game when it welcomes the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. The all-time series is tied at 6-6.