To say the 2012-13 campaign has been a disappointment for 9-10 (2-2) Marshall would be an understatement. In the preseason, the Thundering Herd were picked by most to finish second in C-USA. Forward Dennis Tinnon was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, standout DeAndre Kane was back for another year and the Herd looked to build on their conference runner-up performance from a year ago.
Just when the future was looking bright, freshman point guard Kareem Canty was declared ineligible by the NCAA. Canty was supposed to fill the void left by Damier Pitts’ departure. And without him, Marshall would be left with a gaping hole in an already thin guard rotation.
DeAndre Kane has done his best to make things work, but even the dynamic guard has had issues. In December, Kane suffered a right hand injury that left him sidelined for a handful of games. Regardless, Marshall’s top playmaker is averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Marshall enters this game following one of the worst losses in school history, a 102-46 drubbing at Southern Miss. Southern Miss exploited the Herd’s weakness in the backcourt to the tune of 31 turnovers. It didn’t help that Marshall shot an abysmal 33% from the field, while Southern Miss connected at a scorching 63% rate.
As a result of this drubbing, many will write off Marshall and expect Memphis to run away with it. But if the Tigers don’t win this one in blowout fashion, have no worries. Despite their record and play of late, the Herd roster is still a talented one and they’ll likely get better as the season progresses. Either way, you should expect win number 16.
Marshall Thundering Herd
Head Coach: Tom Herrion
2011-12 Record: 21-14 , Conference: 9-7
2012-13 Record: 9-10, Conference: 2-2
2012-13 RPI: 209
Kenpom: ranked 227 in offensive efficiency, in 216 defensive efficiency, 219 overall
Road vs. Home:
Marshall 0-6 vs. Memphis 11-1
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