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Feb. 28, 2018

GAME 28 Marshall 20-9 (11-5 C-USA) at UAB Blazers (17-12 (8-8 C-USA)
Thursday, March 1 | 8 p.m.
Birmingham, Ala. | Bartow Arena
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When the Conference USA preseason men’s basketball poll was unveiled in October, Middle Tennessee and UAB were at the top.



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Head coach Dan D’Antoni and the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team are set to begin the final road trip of the regular season, as it tips off against the UAB Blazers on Thursday, March 1, at 8 p.m.

Mike Gleason and Jason Capel will be on the call for beIN, while Steve Cotton will call the game on the radio.

It was a historic night for Jon Elmore, but what he did is not as important to him as who was on the court alongside him.

The Elmore brothers – Jon and Ot – started together for the first time as Marshall men’s basketball players, and combined to score their team’s first 14 points in a lopsided 103-75 Senior Night win against Charlotte on Saturday at the Henderson Center. Both players tied their career high in points – Jon scored 38 and Ot finished with 6 – and traded 3-pointers to start the game. Jon set a career high with nine 3-pointers. Ot set a career high with four assists.

Their combined stat line: 44 points, 15 of 22 shooting, 11 of 17 from 3-point range, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Marshall (20-9, 11-5 Conference USA) outscored Charlotte (5-22, 1-15 C-USA) 43-26 with the Elmores on the floor at the same time.

UAB excels at the fundamentals, which includes rebounding, shot selection and free throws. The two-headed monster that is William Lee and Chris Cokley has helped the Blazers become one of the best teams at controlling the glass, as it averages 38.3 rebounds per game.

UAB also has a high-octane offense much like the Herd’s that averages 75.6 points per contest. Contrary to Marshall, UAB gets its points inside the arc and does so efficiently, as its 48.2 percent from field goals are 31st in the nation. When the Blazers get to the line it makes 74.8 percent from the charity stripe, which is good for No. 59 in the nation.

UAB is led by Chris Cokley, who leads the team in points (17.0), rebounds (9.0), field goal percentage (58.6), free throws (68) and free throw percentage (86.1). His partner in the paint, William Lee, is one of the league’s premier shot-blockers, as he averages 1.79 blocks per game. Lee and Cokley combine for 15.6 rebounds per game.

The point man, Nick Norton, thrives in taking care of the ball and taking it away from opposing offenses, as his 2.52 assist/turnover ratio is 48th in the country.

When the Conference USA preseason men’s basketball poll was unveiled in October, Middle Tennessee and UAB were at the top.

That’s certainly not outlandish by those chosen to forecast the league standings, as Middle Tennessee, with eight first-place votes, and the Blazers, with four first-place votes, have been traditional powers within the conference.

On Jan. 20, however, the team picked to finish seventh in the same poll – Marshall – proved it belonged in the discussion, as the Thundering Herd completed a sweep of the preseason poll’s top two teams with an 86-78 overtime win against UAB in front of 6,740 raucous fans at the Henderson Center.

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