Jan. 29, 2013
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall looks to remain unbeaten at home in Conference USA play when it hosts SMU on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Thundering Herd (9-11, 2-3 C-USA) will try for a 3-0 home record in conference play, something that Marshall has never done as members of C-USA. The Herd last started 3-0 at home in conference in 1999-2000 as members of the Mid-American Conference.
Marshall has cruised through its first two conference home games, winning by an average of 19.5 points per game with a 79-61 win over Tulsa on Jan. 9 and a 77-56 win over East Carolina on Jan. 19.
The Last Meeting
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March 7, 2012
Marshall Advances, Beats SMU 74-56
Senior guard Damier Pitts overcame an early injury to score 16 points and help No. 6 seed Marshall defeat No. 11 seed SMU 74-56 Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn. during the first round of the Conference USA Championships.
However, the Herd has struggled on the road in conference, mostly due to the home court advantage each of its opponents possesses. Marshall suffered a 74-63 loss at UTEP, a 102-46 loss at Southern Miss and a 73-72 loss in its most recent game at Memphis. Those three teams are a combined 29-2 at home this season.
Marshall has also played well at home, sporting an 8-2 record in home games, 8-1 in games held at the Cam Henderson Center.
DeAndre Kane, fresh off of a 22-point performance at Memphis on Saturday, is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the conference.
D.D. Scarver is coming off his fourth 20-point output this season with 20 points at Memphis. He ranks second in the conference in three-pointers made with 2.40 per game. He is also the only player in the conference to make at least one three-pointer in every game this season.
Scarver and junior forward Elijah Pittman have excelled in their rookie seasons with the Herd. Pittman leads the conference in scoring among first-year players with 14.5 points per game. Scarver ranks third among rookies at 13.7 points per game.
SMU (11-10, 1-5 C-USA) is led in scoring by freshman guard Jalen Jones, who ranks 10th in C-USA with 14.9 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.1 per game.
The Mustangs, led by Hall of Famer Larry Brown, now in his 38th season of coaching, have lost six of their last seven games.
Marshall leads the all-time series 8-0 including a 4-0 mark at home. The two teams last met in the first round of the 2012 C-USA Tournament, a 74-56 Marshall win in Memphis.
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