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Herd to Close Out Regular Season at No. 24 Middle Tennessee

March 2, 2018

GAME 31: Marshall (20-10, 11-6 C-USA) at No. 24 Middle Tennessee (24-5, 16-1 C-USA
Saturday, March 3 | 7 p.m.
Murfreesboro, Tenn. | Murphy Center
Stadium on Facebook | Radio | Marshall Game Notes

The Last Meeting
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MCGILL: Herd Out-Toughs Middle Tennessee in C-USA Showdown
Middle Tennessee has been Conference USA’s toughest out in recent seasons. On Thursday night, in front of 5,320 people inside the Henderson Center, the Marshall men’s basketball team found a way to beat the league stalwarts at their own game.


MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. – Two candidates for Conference USA’s Player of the Year award in Marshall’s Jon Elmore and Middle Tennessee’s Nick King will face off when the Thundering Herd men’s basketball team travels to Murfreesboro to take on the No. 24 Blue Raiders on Saturday, at 7 p.m. at the Murphy Center to close out the regular season.

Stadium on Facebook will broadcast the contest with Roger Twibell and Tim Scarborough on the call, while Steve Cotton handles radio duties for Marshall.

HAVE YOU HERD
A 21-point deficit was too much for the Herd to overcome UAB, as it suffered a 91-77 defeat against the Blazers on Thursday evening.


 

 

Jon Elmore scored a game-high 28 points and made six three-pointers. In the past two games alone, Elmore has made 15 shots from behind the arc and is shooting 62.5 percent from three-point land.

Darius George had a career night where he scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds. The freshman was almost perfect from the floor, as he made 5-of-6 shots and nailed all three of his three-point attempts.

C.J. Burks dished out a team-best four assists.

SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
Middle Tennessee thrives using the 1-3-1 zone defense. It is a defense that causes problems for team’s shooting three-pointers, as opposing teams make 30.6 percent from behind the arc. That total is good for No. 9 in the nation.

The Blue Raiders also have one of the top scoring defenses in the nation, as the opposition is averaging 65.3 points per game.

MTSU also does a good job of controlling the glass since its 5.9 rebounding margin is second in the conference and No. 26 in the nation.

LAST TIME THEY MET
Middle Tennessee has been Conference USA’s toughest out in recent seasons. On Thursday night, in front of 5,320 people inside the Henderson Center, the Marshall men’s basketball team found a way to beat the league stalwarts at their own game.

The Thundering Herd gave the visiting Blue Raiders their first conference loss, 73-63, in a game that had MT coach Kermit Davis taking a harder look at the Marshall team his program ousted in the C-USA tournament championship game last March.

“We’ve won a lot of games in this league on toughness and rebounding,” Davis said. “They out-toughed us.”

Burks scored a game-high 25 points, leading the Herd in scoring for the third consecutive game. He made 9 of 16 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range and grabbed six rebounds. Elmore, the only player in Division I basketball averaging at least 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds, filled the stat sheet once again. He scored 19 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds and collected five steals in 38 minutes.

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