Men's Basketball to Take on Southern Miss, Friday Night|
Feb. 6, 2014
GAME 24: MARSHALL (8-15, 2-6 C-USA) at SOUTHERN MISS (19-3, 6-1 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Having suffered the worst loss in Conference USA history the last time it traveled to Hattiesburg, during the 2012-13 season, the Marshall men's basketball team will make a return trip to Southern Miss with a very different team, Friday night at 9:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
HAVE YOU HERD?
An Autism Awareness Day crowd of 4,802 watched the Herd climb within three at 60-57 with 33 seconds left, but coach Tom Herrion's club couldn't finish the rally.
For a second straight Conference USA week, Marshall won a Thursday night game, but 48 hours later struggled. Marshall hasn't been able to win back-to-back games since Nov. 23 and 26 at home against UNC Wilmington and Western Kentucky, respectively.
SHAKING IT UP
Coach Herrion once again adjusted the starting lineup, making it the sixth lineup in as many games for the Herd. This time consisting of Tamron Manning (Georgetown, Ky.), Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), Chris Thomas (Denver), TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W.Va.), and Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis).
Canty is responsible for three of the awards, with them all having come in consecutive weeks (Dec. 2, 9 and 16). Only one other player in the league has received the honor on three occasions this season, Jonathan Stark of Tulane.
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 17 of 23 games this season. Unfortunately, it has not always been enough as the Herd is 6-11 this season when three or more of its own score in double figures and 2-4 when two or less reach 10 points.
A HELPING HAND
Canty has led or tied for the lead in assists for the Herd in all 23 games this season.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Offensive balance is something Southern Miss is known for as three of its own are averaging in double figures, with two others averaging at least 8.8 ppg. Senior guard Neil Watson leads the Golden Eagles in scoring with 12.2 ppg and was recently named C-USA player of the Week, Jan. 27. The Herd will be in for a battle on the boards as Southern Miss enters the contest with a rebounding margin of +8.0.
Marshall holds a 9-7 advantage in the all-time series, including wins in three of the last four meetings. The last time the Herd played in Reed Green Coliseum, it fell 102-46 as the 56-point defeat set a record margin of victory in a Conference USA league game. Marshall has historically struggled in Hattiesburg, posting a 1-5 record against the Golden Eagles on the road.