Herd Men’s Hoops Set for Clash of Styles in Norfolk, Va.
The top scoring offense in the league will tipoff against the league’s top scoring defense at 7 p.m. on ESPN 3
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Marshall’s season is still alive here in the Magic City.
NORFOLK, Va. – After just claiming its first win of 2018, the Marshall men’s basketball team will look to stay hot on the road as it takes on the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Ted Alexander and Dave Twardzik will be on the call for the game on ESPN 3, while Steve Cotton will be on the call for radio.
HAVE YOU HERD
Marshall won its first game of 2018 in the 91-83 victory over Charlotte. C.J. Burks scored a career-high 32 points, while Rondale Watson tied his career-high with 20 points. Burks, Watson and Jon Elmore combined for 43 of the Herd’s 51 points in the second half.
Ot Elmore assisted on a Jon Elmore three-pointer for the second Elmore-to-Elmore connection on the year. Redshirt freshman Jannson Williams made his first career start. Williams also made a career-high three blocks, scored seven points and pulled down four boards. Phil Bledsoe scored six points and pulled down five rebounds. Players from the Mountain State scored 82 of Marshall’s 91 points and played 163 minutes for the Herd.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS
It will be the ultimate clash of styles when Old Dominion hosts the Herd, as it is the top defense in the league. The Monarchs defense gives up 62.5 points per game, while it limits opponents to 36.2 percent from FGs. Both of which are top 20 in the nation.
ODU limits opponents’ offense by forcing 14.6 turnovers a contest and controlling the boards with 39.87 rebounds a game. It also does a good job of limiting opponents at getting to the free throw line, as its 12.47 fouls per game is No. 44 in the nation.
WHO TO KNOW
The Monarchs are led by preseason All-Conference selection Ahmad Caver. Caver is second on the team in scoring, but leads the team in assists (6.2 per game), steals (33) and three-pointers (34 made this season). Old Dominion’s leading scorer is B.J. Stith, who is averaging 15.1 points per game. Brandan Stith and Trey Porter are a two-headed monster that have combined for 55 blocks this season.
Marshall will meet Old Dominion for the 18th 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, 9-8, but the Herd has won the last three of four contests.
Jon Elmore, the consummate playmaker who leads C-USA in scoring and assists, drove to the basket and got fouled with 2.9 seconds left, and then made the decisive free throw in Marshall’s 64-63 win against ODU
The score was tied at 63-63 when Elmore got to the left side of the basket and drew contact from ODU’s Ahmad Caver. Elmore made the first free throw and missed the second, so Old Dominion called a timeout to set up its final play with 2.3 seconds left.
The Monarchs couldn’t get a final shot off before the buzzer sounded, and the celebration ensued in front of the 4,005 in attendance.