NCAA Basketball News
Tulane (14-7) at Marshall (13-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday February 1st, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cam Henderson Center (9,043) -- Huntington, West Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Tulane 11-2, Marshall 9-3. Away Record: Tulane 2-5, Marshall 4-4. Neutral Record: Tulane 1-0, Marshall 0-1. Conference Record: Tulane 2-5, Marshall 4-3. Series Record: Marshall leads, 7-5.
GAME NOTES: The Marshall Thundering Herd will try to halt their losing streak tonight when they host the Tulane Green Wave in a Conference USA battle at the Cam Henderson Center.
This will be the 13th meeting in the all-time series. The Thundering Herd hold a 7-5 edge in the rivalry after a 79-75 overtime victory in New Orleans last year.
Tulane's short-lived two-game winning streak was snapped Saturday as it fell 88-74 in a bout with the Rice Owls. The Green Wave could not find a way to stop Rice as they allowed it to shot 50 percent from the floor and knock down 9-of-21 from three-point range. The Owls set a new season-high for an opponent with its 88 points against Tulane. Head coach Ed Conroy will try to get his team back to playing intensely on the defensive end, which it has done all year to lead the C-USA in scoring defense with an allowed average of just 58.0 ppg. Tulane is seventh in the league in scoring offense with an average of 67.1 ppg.
Ricky Tarrant is the front runner for the Conference USA Freshman of the Year award. Tarrant has already set the school record for most points by a freshman in a season and leads the team with 14.0 ppg. Tarrant netted 18 points and dished out a career-high eight assists his last time out. Jordan Callahan is contributing a second-best 11.8 ppg. Forward Josh Davis is playing well inside, as he averaged 10.6 ppg and a team-high 9.5 rpg.
Marshall had its losing streak extended to four games on Saturday as it lost 83-76 to the Memphis Tigers. Head coach Tom Herrion's team has not been dismantled in its three league games during the skid, but it has suddenly dropped Marshall from first place to fifth in the league standings with a 4-3 record. The Thundering Herd's early success this year came from its phenomenal rebounding ability. According to the latest NCAA rankings, Marshall is ranked fifth in the nation with a +8.9 rebounding margin. The Thundering Herd are ranked 10th in the league in scoring defense (65.8) and sixth in scoring offense (69.6).
DeAndre Kane is leading the Thundering Herd and is third in the C-USA with a scoring average of 16.1 ppg. The sophomore guard is also a factor on the defensive end as he is in the top 10 in the league in steals with 1.6 spg. While Kane gives opponents trouble from the guard slot, Dennis Tinnon has been punishing them inside. Tinnon is averaging just under a double-double with 9.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg. Damier Pitts does a nice job of running the show for Herrion's squad. The senior point guard is scoring 13.2 ppg and is third in the league with 4.4 apg. Shaquille Johnson is a solid contributor who can light it up on occasion as well.
Marshall needs to win this game to salvage its hopes of a regular season conference championship. The conference is very deep and competitive which makes every single night a challenge. Tulane's poor away record is not a good sign for Green Wave fans, as the team heads to the Cam Henderson Center.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marshall 73, Tulane 67
02/01 10:46:01 ET