Herd Readies for No. 22 Memphis Saturday at 8 p.m.|
Feb. 15, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the first time in three seasons, a ranked opponent will play at the Cam Henderson Center as No. 22 Memphis comes to town for an 8 p.m. game on Saturday.
Both teams are coming off home wins as the Tigers (23-3, 10-0 Conference USA) recorded its 15th straight victory on Wednesday, second in the NCAA only to Akron's 16, an 83-71 win over UCF. The Thundering Herd (11-14, 4-6 C-USA) won on Wednesday as well, 71-70 against Rice.
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Elijah Pittman leads the Herd in scoring with 15.4 points per game, the eighth best mark in the conference. In Marshall's 10 C-USA games, Pittman has been even better, averaging 16.8 points, second only to East Carolina's Maurice Kemp (18.7).
DeAndre Kane (14.3) ranks 11th in the conference and D.D. Scarver (13.2) ranks 17th and is also third in three-pointers made with 2.3. Kane's career point total of 1,374 is just three points away from tying Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Hal Greer for 19th on the school's all-time list.
Kane, a junior guard, has played really well against Memphis over the years averaging 17.5 points in six career games against the Tigers.
Memphis, which has dominated the all-time series 12-2, is led by junior guard Joe Jackson who leads the team with 13.9 points per game. His 49.1 three-point percentage is the ninth-best in the NCAA. Geron Johnson, the reigning C-USA Player of the Week is second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game.
The game will be shown nationally on CBSSN with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen calling the action. Due to the television broadcast, the game cannot be shown on Herd All-Access. It can be heard on the radio throughout the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network or a paid subscription to Herd All-Access.
Gametracker can be accessed through HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdZone on twitter for scoring updates in every game throughout the season.