Jan. 13, 2017
GAME 19: MARSHALL (11-7, 4-1 C-USA) AT UAB (10-7, 3-1 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 14 | 2 p.m. ET
Birmingham, Ala. | Bartow Arena (8,500)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Marshall men’s basketball team will stay on the road to take on the UAB Blazers on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. ET.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game can 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 suffered its first loss in league play when it fell to Middle Tennessee, 69-57. Marshall did not score at least 70 points for the first time this season. Its 57 points snapped its streak of scoring at least 70 in 37 consecutive games. Terrence Thompson returned to action for the first time in 12 games. His last appearance was at Ohio State (Nov. 25). Jon Elmore scored 10 points in his 18th consecutive game. Austin Loop’s two three-pointers moved him to 238 shots from three-point land. He needs four more to move into No. 2 all-time. Christian Thieneman did not play at least 10 minutes for the first time in five games. Marshall’s 29 points in the first half was a season-low in first periods.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB finished the month of December with a 3-3 record to mark the 10th consecutive month in which the Blazers have not had a losing record. December, 2014 was the last time it suffered a losing record in a single month. The Blazers are the winningest program in the state of Alabama since UAB head coach Robert Ehsan arrived in Birmingham as an assistant coach before the start of the 2012-13 season. UAB was selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference in a vote by league’s head coaches. UAB returns four starters from a 2015-16 squad that won Conference USA with a 16-2 record in league play.
WHO TO KNOW
The Blazers are led by the two-headed front-court monster of Chris Cokley and William Lee. The duo has combined for 407 of UAB’s 1,1221 total points (33.3 percent) and 199 of its 630 rebounds this season Lee is one of the premier shot-blockers in the nation, as he is 12th in the country with 47 blocks. He also leads C-USA in blocked shots as well. That is a rate of 2.7 blocked shots per game. Cokley is one of C-USA’s best rebounders on the offensive glass. His 2.2 offensive boards per game is good for No. 8 in the conference. Deion Lavender has stepped up with the absence of Nick Norton. He leads the team with 4.2 assists per game and has the sixth-best assist-to-turnover ratio with a +1.8.
Marshall will meet UAB for the 24th contest between the two sides. The Herd and Blazers have met every year since 2003, two years prior to when Marshall joined Conference USA.
Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) contributed a career-high 23 points to lead a quintet of double-figure scorers for Marshall men’s basketball (15-13, 11-4) in a 95-91 loss to Conference USA-leading UAB (23-5, 13-2) on Feb. 26, 2015 at Bartow Arena.
Browning shot a blistering 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the field, 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6) and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) and Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) followed Browning with 19 points apiece. James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) had 12 points, and redshirt freshman C.J. Burks (Martinsburg, W.Va.) posted 12 off the bench.
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Marshall returns home to take on the WKU Hilltoppers on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. It will be broadcasted on live television by the American Sports Network. WKU leads the series, 13-8.