Herd Men’s Hoops to Close Out Weekend with Louisiana Tech
Marshall will look to begin the season 10-0 at home for the second consecutive year
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Fresh off a 1-0 start to league play and a 9-0 home record, the Marshall men’s basketball team must recuperate early to prepare for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.
If the Herd clinches a win against the Bulldogs, it will make the second consecutive season Marshall began the season 10-0 at home. The Herd has not accomplished that in consecutive seasons since doing so during the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.
Mark Martin and Bob Bolen will be on the call for ESPN 3 and locally broadcasted games, while Steve Cotton and Charlie Hagley will call the game via radio.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Louisiana is a triple-threat when it comes to scoring, as it gets its points from 3-pointers, field goals and from the free throw line. All of those factors help it boast the no. 54 scoring offense in the nation.
It is ranked in the top 30 for both attempts and made field goals, while it is making 47 percent of its field goals. From behind the arc, the Bulldogs shoot 38.9 percent and have made 119-of-306 attempts. At the charity stripe, it has made 246-of-332 attempts, which is good for 74.1 percent at the line.
Louisiana Tech is one of the premier blocking teams in the nation, as its 69 blocks are No. 41 in the nation.
WHO TO KNOW
The Bulldogs premier scoring threat and reigning freshman of the year, Daquan Bracey, is averaging 15.8 points per game, while he dishes out 5.1 assists per game.
Jacobi Boykins is one of the best three-point shooters in C-USA and the nation. He is shooting 49.8 percent from behind that arc and averages 2.93 3-pointers per contest.
The double-headed monster of Joniah White and Anthony Duruji have combined for 41 blocks this season.
In a 3-point heaving, record-setting, jaw-dropping shooting performance that smashed a Conference USA tournament record, Marshall ousted second-seeded Louisiana Tech, 93-77, here Friday afternoon at Legacy Arena and moved within one game of ending a three-decade NCAA tournament drought.
The record books say otherwise. In the spirit of the social media hashtag #Danalytics – a nod to D’Antoni’s preference for the 3-point shot – Marshall (20-14) leaned on the perimeter shot early and often, connecting on 14 in the first half, a school record-tying 19 for the game and a new C-USA tournament record (previously, three teams had reached 15 3s in a tourney game).