Road Test at Rice Awaits Marshall|
Jan. 22, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 13, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Having concluded an unsuccessful homestand in a pair of Conference USA contests, the Marshall men’s basketball team will look to get back on track with a road game at Rice on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
HAVE YOU HERD?
With 10:31 left in the game, the Herd led 45-42 and Tulsa rallied furiously with eight points in 56 seconds to take a 50-45 lead with little over nine minutes left. The Golden Hurricane run snowballed, leaving Marshall scrambling to keep the score close.
Once Tulsa stretched its lead to double-digits, it would remain that way for the remainder of the afternoon as a 27-7 run took 10:17 off the clock. As the buzzer sounded, Thomas finished as the Herd’s leading scorer with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, followed by 12 points from Canty. Once again, Marshall struggled from the field, only shooting 32.8 percent on 19-58 for the game.
The Herd is currently 0-9 away from home this season and has not won away from the Henderson Center since Feb. 20, 2013, in an 82-70 win over UCF. Marshall is 2-23 away from Huntington since the start of the 2012-13 season.
SHAKING IT UP
The starting lineup in the previous eight games consisted of freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), sophomore swingman TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W.Va.), sophomore guard DeVince Boykins (Forest City, N.C.), freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) and sophomore Chris Thomas (Denver). The group has posted a 2-6 record when starting together and is the most used starting lineup by Herrion.
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
ON THE LINE
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Herd has received scoring help from more than its top four scorers as Marshall has had three or more of its own score in double figures in 15 of 19 games this season. Unfortunately, it has not always been enough as the Herd is 5-10 this season when three or more of its own score in double figures and 1-3 when two or less reach 10 points.
In each of the last three games, no more than two members of the Herd have scored in double figures.
A HELPING HAND
Canty has led or tied for the lead in assists for the Herd in all 19 games this season.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Austin Ramljak leads Rice in scoring with 12.6 points per game as a starter, while freshman forward Shen Obi is putting up 11.2 points along with 9.2 rebounds per contest.
Marshall holds serve, 7-2, in the series between the two programs, with the Herd having won four straight against the Owls. Historically having found success against Rice in Houston, Marshall is 3-0 all-time at Tudor Fieldhouse. Last season’s meeting between the Herd and Owls occurred in Huntington on Feb. 13, 2013 with Marshall having won 71-70.