@HerdMBB to Take on No. 24 Cincinnati on the Road
The Herd will play its first ranked opponent of the 2016-17 season
GAME 12: MARSHALL (7-4) AT No. 24 CINCINNATI (9-2)
Thursday, Dec. 22 | 7 p.m. ET
Cincinnati, Ohio | Fifth Third Arena (13,176)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s basketball team will travel on the road to take on the No. 24 Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.
It will be the second nationally televised game the Herd will play in this season, as it will be broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network. It also marks the first ranked opponent the Herd will play this season.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call. Live stats will be available through HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd defeated West Virginia Wesleyan, 81-65. It marks the first time in the D’Antoni era where Marshall has begun the season 7-0 at home. Stevie Browning’s game-high 21 points marked the third consecutive game where has scored at least 20 points or more for the first time in his career. C.J. Burks made his season debut. Marshall has scored at least 70 points in every game this season. The Herd has scored at least 70 points in 31 straight games. Christian Thieneman collected his first collegiate points. Philip Bledsoe’s six rebounds were a career-high. Milan Mijovic scored his first career three-pointer.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
American Athletic Conference coaches picked Cincinnati to win the league at preseason media day on Oct. 24. The Bearcats boast some of the best ball security in the nation, averaging 10.3 turnovers per game, which is No. 11 in the nation. The Bearcats have won 15 consecutive home games dating back to a 76-57 win over Tulsa (1/2/16). Cincinnati is one of eight teams to appear in the NCAA Tournament each of the last six seasons (along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, VCU and Wisconsin). Cincinnati has been ranked in the AP poll at some point in six of the last seven seasons. The Bearcats have won at least 22 games in each of the last five seasons. UC head coach Mick Cronin ranks as the winningest coach in the nation among active coaches his age (45) or younger and has the fifth-most wins (284) among coaches under 50-years old.
WHO TO KNOW
Preseason publications tabbed Kyle Washington as one of the top transfers in the nation and a top newcomer to the AAC. Washington is one of the nation’s leaders with five double-double thus far this season. Jacob Evans was selected to the preseason watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. He has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games this season. Troy Caupain was named to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year and the Co-Preseason Player of the Year for the AAC. Caupain has over 1,000 career points. Caupain and junior forward Gary Clark were both selected as the only unanimous picks to the league’s first team.
Marshall will meet Cincinnati for the series’ 33rd game. The Bearcats lead, 20-12. Cincinnati also marks the last Power Conference opponent the Herd has defeated, defeating the Bearcats in the 2011-12 season.
For all the latest information about Marshall men's basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram.
Marshall will close out its non-conference schedule when it returns from Christmas break to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcasted by the ACC Network Extra.