Aug. 6, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall men's basketball announced an 18-game Conference USA schedule for 2014-15 on Wednesday, in concert with the league. Coach Dan D'Antoni's Herd revealed its 13-game non-conference slate last month.
With the Conference USA membership having changed once again this summer, the C-USA schedule is expanding from 16 to 18 regular-season games.
In D'Antoni's first season on his alma mater's sideline, the Herd will play eight of the 13 other C-USA teams once and five others on a home-and-home basis. Marshall's five home-and-homes are with Western Kentucky, Charlotte, Old Dominion, FIU and Florida Atlantic.
"We are excited about the conference schedule since that is a way for us to get into the NCAA Tournament and that will also be a good measuring stick for us moving forward," said coach D'Antoni. "We will look for that competition to prepare us for later in the season since our goal is getting into the NCAA tournament. Playing against strong competition will help us get better and help us reach our goals."
After opening with a road trip to its new travel partner Western Kentucky in the inaugural C-USA game for the Hilltoppers on Jan. 4, the Thundering Herd will return home to the Henderson Center the following weekend to face Old Dominion (Jan. 8) and Charlotte (Jan. 10).
Marshall will make its first trip to the Sunshine State since the 2012-13 season against UCF as the Herd faces FIU (Jan. 15) and Florida Atlantic (Jan. 17).
The Herd plays all four Texas schools in C-USA at the Henderson Center this season.
Marshall plays host to UTSA (Jan. 22) and UTEP (Jan. 24), then head to Mississippi and Louisiana, for dates with 2013-14 C-USA regular-season co-champions Southern Miss (Jan. 29) and Louisiana Tech (Jan. 31).
Continuing the trend of hosting schools from the state of Texas, Rice (Feb. 5) and North Texas (Feb. 7) will face the Herd inside the Cam Henderson Center. Marshall downed the Owls last season in Houston, after having fallen to the Mean Green in Huntington earlier in 2014.
WKU will make a trip to Huntington for the second-straight season on Feb. 14 with Marshall having defeated the Hilltoppers, 74-64, before a crowd of 5,113 on Nov. 26, 2013.
A two-game swing at 2013-14 C-USA regular-season co-champion Middle Tennessee (Feb. 19) and UAB (Feb. 21) will start a six-game stretch leading into the C-USA Tournament that will include four road contests. The home dates sandwiched by two road trips are against FIU (Feb. 26) and the regular-season home finale versus Florida Atlantic (Feb. 28). The Herd then goes to Old Dominion (March 5) and Charlotte (March 7).
The 2015 C-USA Tournament will be hosted by UAB in Birmingham, Ala., from March 11-14. Twelve of the 14 teams will make the field.
Game times will be announced at a later date. Television networks have the right to change times and possibly alter dates of various games on the schedule.
SCHEDULE NOTES: 2013-14 regular season co-champion Southern Miss reached the quarterfinal round of the National Invitational Tournament before falling to eventual champion Minnesota, 81-73 ... 2013-14 Regular Season Co-Champion LA Tech also reached the quarterfinal round of the NIT and fell to Florida State, 78-75 ... Old Dominion reached the semifinal round of the College Basketball Invitational and fell to Fresno State, 71-64.
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2014-15 Marshall Men's Basketball Schedule:
Nov. 8 - Concord (Exhibition) - Cam Henderson Center
Nov. 14 - Jacksonville State (GSS) - Cam Henderson Center
Nov. 16 - Savannah State (GSS) - Cam Henderson Center
Nov. 18 - WVU Tech - Cam Henderson Center
Nov. 21 - at Louisville (GSS) - Louisville, Ky.
Nov. 26 - Morehead State - Cam Henderson Center
Nov. 28 - Cleveland State (GSS) - Cam Henderson Center
Dec. 1 - South Carolina - Cam Henderson Center
Dec. 6 - Penn State - Cam Henderson Center
Dec. 14 - West Virginia - Charleston, W.Va.
Dec. 16 - King University - Cam Henderson Center
Dec. 20 - at Arkansas State - Jonesboro, Ark.
Dec. 22 - at Nevada - Reno, Nev.
Dec. 30 - at Akron - Akron, Ohio
Jan. 4 - at Western Kentucky - Bowling Green, Ky.
Jan. 8 - Old Dominion - Cam Henderson Center
Jan. 10 - Charlotte - Cam Henderson Center
Jan. 15 - at FIU - Miami, Fla.
Jan. 17 - at Florida Atlantic - Boca Raton, Fla.
Jan. 22 - UTSA - Cam Henderson Center
Jan. 24 - UTEP - Cam Henderson Center
Jan. 29 - at Southern Miss - Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jan. 31 - at Louisiana Tech - Ruston, La.
Feb. 5 - Rice - Cam Henderson Center
Feb. 7 - North Texas - Cam Henderson Center
Feb. 14 - Western Kentucky- Cam Henderson Center
Feb. 19 - at Middle Tennessee - Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Feb. 21 - at UAB - Birmingham, Ala.
Feb. 26 - FIU - Cam Henderson Center
Feb. 28 - Florida Atlantic - Cam Henderson Center
Mar. 5 - at Old Dominion - Norfolk, Va.
Mar. 7 - at Charlotte - Charlotte, N.C.
Mar. 11-14 - Conference USA Tournament - Birmingham, Ala.
(GSS) - Global Sports Showcase