Marshall (9-10) at Memphis (15-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: FedExForum (18,400) -- Memphis, Tennessee. Television: FSN, SportSouth. Home Record: Marshall 8-2, Memphis 11-1. Away Record: Marshall 0-6, Memphis 3-0. Neutral Record: Marshall 1-2, Memphis 1-2. Conference Record: Marshall 2-2, Memphis 4-0. Series Record: Memphis leads, 11-2.
GAME NOTES: The Marshall Thundering Herd look for their first true road win of the season as they tangle with the Memphis Tigers in a Conference USA tilt at FedExForum.
The Thundering Herd have not been too successful against Memphis in the all- time series. The Tigers are 9-2 versus Marshall, including their 83-57 rout of the Herd in last season's Conference USA Tournament championship game.
Tom Herrion's Thundering Herd posted an awful shooting display and turned the ball over 31 times on Wednesday, causing them to suffer a humbling 102-46 setback at Southern Miss, its most lopsided defeat as a member of C-USA. The poor showing dropped Marshall one game below .500 overall and to a 2-2 mark in the conference standings. As exhibited against the Golden Eagles, the Herd are one of the worst defensive teams in the C-USA and give up 70.9 ppg.
Marshall's DeAndre Kane, a Preseason All-C-USA First Team member is second on the squad in scoring (14.5) and fifth in the nation in assists with 7.3 per contest. The junior guard had a forgettable night at USM, committing a career- high 11 turnovers. Pittman is netting a team-high 14.8 ppg, while D.D. Scarver (13.3 ppg) and Dennis Tinnon (10.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg) both play vital roles for the team. Rebounding continues to be the strength of the Herd as it ranks second in the conference and is tied for 24th in Division I on the boards with 39.7 per game. It also tops the conference and is tied for 10th in the NCAA with 15.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Since falling to Louisville on Dec. 15, Memphis has reeled off nine consecutive victories to rise to a 15-3 overall record including its perfect 4-0 mark in conference action. Josh Pastner's squad is outscoring its opposition by an average margin of 10.4 points per contest due to its strong core of talent. Joe Jackson is netting 13.8 points and 4.4 assists per outing for Memphis while Adonis Thomas (10.4 ppg), Tarik Black (10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Geron Johnson (10.2 ppg, 1.9 spg) also play vital roles. Freshman forward Shaq Goodwin also makes a big impact due to the tremendous inside presence he provides, which will be helpful against Spikes and Tinnon.
Memphis coasted to a 71-60 victory over Tulane on Tuesday as Johnson tallied 18 points. Jackson added 16, and D.J. Stephens pulled down 10 rebounds. The Tigers went 26-of-53 from the field (49.1 percent) and assisted 20 of their 26 makes, while the Green Wave were limited to 37.9 percent shooting.
Marshall will need to completely forget about its disaster in Hattiesburg and take the floor with some confidence. The Tigers are very good at making their opposition pay for turnovers, which could lead to another lopsided loss for Marshall.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Memphis 82, Marshall 68
01/26 10:40:30 ET