Marshall to Play at Southern Miss on Wednesday
Herd, Golden Eagles tipoff at 7 p.m. on CSS/WCHS
Jan. 21, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall will play its first of two consecutive road games on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. start at Southern Miss.
Any road swing is a challenge, but this one is against the top two teams in Conference USA with Southern Miss at 15-4 overall (4-0 C-USA) and Memphis at 14-3 (3-0 C-USA). Both teams have excelled at home with the Golden Eagles at 7-0 in Reed Green Coliseum and Memphis at 10-1 in FedEx Forum.
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Marshall Advances to Title Game, Beats Southern Miss 73-62
For the first time since 1997, the Marshall men's basketball team will be playing in a conference final after defeating Southern Miss 73-62 Friday in the semifinals of the Conference USA Championships at FedExForum.
Marshall is coming off its second rout of a conference opponent this season, a 77-56 drubbing of East Carolina on Saturday. The win came 10 days after a 79-61 win over Tulsa, also at home. Prior to this season, Marshall had never held a halftime lead of at least 20 points in a C-USA game, but has done so twice this year already. The Herd was ahead by 23 against Tulsa (43-20) and 20 against ECU (43-23) for a total of 43 points, the best combined halftime margin in consecutive home games since a combined 48 in games against Troy on Dec. 12, 2009 and Brescia on Dec. 16, 2009.
Junior guard DeAndre Kane could be the key to a good road performance on Saturday as he is averaging 18.2 points in his five career games against the Golden Eagles. This season, the preseason all-conference performer is averaging 14.6 points per game and a top-five NCAA mark of 7.6 assists per game.
Kane's numbers continue to climb the career records list as he now needs just five assists to become the fourth player in Marshall history to rank in the top 10 in assists and top 25 in scoring.
Junior forward Elijah Pittman ranks just ahead of Kane for the team lead with 14.7 points per game, the 10th-best mark in the conference. Kane ranks 11th in the conference in scoring while D.D. Scarver ranks 12th with 13.8 points per game.
Southern Miss has won seven consecutive games and has won all four of its C-USA games by an average of 15.3 points. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage (38.4) and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.4).
Junior forward Dwayne Davis leads a balanced Southern Miss offense with 12.9 points per game.
Marshall leads the all-time series 8-6 and has won the past two meetings. The last time these two teams met was in the semifinals of the 2012 C-USA Tournament in Memphis where Marshall, as a No. 6 seed, upset No. 2 Southern Miss 73-62.
The game will be televised by Comcast Sports South and shown locally on WCHS. It can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd/IMG Radio Network and online through Herd All-Access. Gametracker can be accessed through HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdZone on twitter for live scoring updates.