March 5, 2014
GAME 31: CHARLOTTE (15-13, 6-9 C-USA) at MARSHALL (10-20, 4-11 C-USA)
Thursday, Mar. 6 – 7 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,043)
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The Last Meeting
February 15, 2014
Herd Downs Charlotte on the Road
After falling behind by 11 points early on, the Marshall men's basketball team kept fighting to battle back and collect a 59-56 victory over Charlotte in Conference USA play on Saturday night at Halton Arena.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Closing out the regular season at home, the Marshall men’s basketball team will host Charlotte on Senior Day to honor the career of senior Yous Mbao (Rufisque, Senegal), while looking for a season sweep of the 49ers on Thursday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center.
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In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In a game that consisted on numerous runs, the Thundering Herd’s final run was the most important of the game as Marshall defeated East Carolina, 64-61, in the final regular season meeting between the two sides as C-USA foes on Sunday afternoon.
A driving layup with a foul allowed freshman forward Ryan Taylor
(Indianapolis) to complete a three-point play with 10.5 seconds left in regulation and put his side up 62-61.
Having gone from an 11-point lead to a 13-point deficit, the Herd used double-figure performances from four of its own and Taylor’s seventh double-double of his career (15 points and 12 rebounds) to comeback for its first win of the season in which Marshall trailed with five minutes remaining.
Marshall’s last game without a 3-point field goal was played Feb. 27, 1989, a 97-96 Herd win over Appalachian State at the Henderson Center. It was the last regular-season game of 1988-89. The current streak of 3-point games began March 3, 1989, in the Southern Conference Tournament quarterfinals – an 83-69 Herd victory at the Asheville (N.C.) Civic Center.
The Herd’s streak of 740 games with a made three-point basket ranks 10th in the country in active streaks.
The Herd’s Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) and Taylor are both in the top 15 of C-USA scorers and are one of two freshman duos ranked in the top 15 in scoring in a league. The other is Kentucky as Julius Randle and James Young rank in the top 15 in Southeastern Conference scoring.
Over the past 14 weeks, Marshall has snagged five C-USA Freshman of the Week honors between a pair of Herd first years. Canty is responsible for three of the awards, with them all having come in consecutive weeks (Dec. 2, 9 and 16), while Taylor has collected the other two (Jan. 6 and 27).
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Herd is 8-7 this season in the friendly confines of the Cam Henderson Center and 46-18 at home under coach Tom Herrion. With added support from its kelly green-clad fans, Marshall is 358-117 at the Henderson Center over 33 seasons, a .753 winning percentage.
NOT SO FORTUNATE
College basketball insider Ken Pomeroy has a ranking called “luck” that essentially takes into account statistics and compares that to a team’s record and losing a lot of close games will affect a team’s ranking in this category. Out of 351 NCAA Division I men’s teams, Pomeroy ranks Marshall 348th in the luck category, inversely making them the fourth unluckiest team in the nation. The Herd has lost five games by one possession this season and an additional two in overtime.
Before the Herd’s three-point road win at Charlotte on Feb. 15, Pomeroy had Marshall as the second unluckiest team in Division I.
The young Thundering Herd has struggled in close games this season as Marshall has posted a 4-15 mark in games decided by 10 or fewer points. The Herd is 2-6 in games decided by five or fewer points this season.
Marshall’s three-point win at Charlotte on Feb. 15 was the first and only time during the 2013-14 season that Herrion’s club has won a game that has been decided by five or fewer points. The Herd’s 64-61 comeback win over East Carolina (Mar. 2) was the second win of the year by fewer than five points.
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
Marshall has yet to win a game this season in which it failed to reach the 70-point plateau. The Herd is 5-17 when scoring 79 or less points and 5-3 when scoring above 80. Having a 10-11 record when keeping opponents below 79 points of offense, Marshall is 0-9 when allowing the opposition to score more than 80 points.
ON THE LINE
Free throws have been a point of emphasis for the Herd this season as Marshall is 8-5 when converting more attempts from the charity stripe than opponents and 2-14 when making fewer free throws than the opposition. The Herd is shooting 62.2 percent from the line this season (480-of-768). Marshall’s 288 missed free throw attempts rank first in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
With numerous scoring threats in the Marshall lineup, four members of the Herd are averaging double figures in scoring, three of which have become a mainstay in the Herd’s starting lineup: Canty with 16.2, Taylor with 13.3 and Chris Thomas (Denver) with 12.6.
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 21 of 30 games this season. Unfortunately, it has not always been enough as the Herd is 7-14 this season when three or more of its own score in double figures and 3-6 when two or fewer reach 10 points.
A HELPING HAND
The benefit of having a true point guard has helped the Herd greatly this year and Canty has been the primary reason for that. An average of 5.7 assists per game has the freshman ranked 26th in the country, while he is the third-best assist man in C-USA. Canty has recorded four double-doubles on the season, all coming from a combination of points and assists.
Canty has led or tied for the lead in assists for the Herd in 27 of the season’s 30 games.
SCOUTING THE 49ers
Charlotte’s roller coaster of a season has continued its ups and downs, most recently having defeated Old Dominion (Mar. 2) to snap a six game losing streak, with all six losses having come in league play. In play for a first round bye at the C-USA Championships, the 49ers can lock up the bye with a victory over the Herd on Thursday night.
Charlotte’s scoring is made up primarily of a quartet of double-figure scorers, led by sophomore guard Shawn Lester who is averaging 12.4 points per game, while Charleston, W.Va. product Pierriá Henry ranks second on the squad in scoring with 12.1. In the season’s first meeting between the Herd and 49ers (Feb. 15), Lester led Charlotte scorers with 16 points, while Henry finished 2-of-7 from the field for six points.
With Marshall having won the first all-time meeting earlier this season in Charlotte, the Herd looks for the season sweep and to go up 2-0 on the 49ers in the series history. On Feb. 15, the Herd held on to win, 59-56, behind a 21-point performance from Canty and an 18-point showing from Thomas.
With the regular season having concluded, the Herd will now head to El Paso, Texas for the 2014 Conference USA Championships with the opening round to take place on Tuesday, Mar. 11.