February 8, 2012
Can Herd handle UCF heat?
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall will look to sweep the men's basketball season series with UCF on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at UCF Arena.
The Thundering Herd (14-9, 5-4 C-USA) is coming off a 79-70 loss at Tulsa on Saturday. They are led by sophomore guard DeAndre Kane
Senior guard Damier Pitts has been a big scoring threat as of late, averaging 16.6 points over his last three games including 21 at Tulsa.
Few teams have played as tough a schedule as Marshall. According to the NCAA RPI, the Herd's strength of schedule is the 15th toughest in the nation. In non-conference games, Marshall's schedule is the 13th toughest. Herd opponents Syracuse, Southern Miss, Memphis and West Virginia are all in the top 25 of the NCAA RPI.
UCF (17-6, 6-3 C-USA) is coming off a 59-52 win at SMU on Saturday. The Knights are 12-1 at home this season, the lone loss coming to Southern Miss on Jan. 28. They are led by junior guard Marcus Jordan
Both teams have rebounded the ball well this season. Marshall ranks first in C-USA in rebounds with 40.4 per game while UCF is second with 37.7 per game.
Marshall leads the all-time series 8-5 and has won five of the last six meetings including the last two. The Herd defeated the Knights 65-64 earlier this season on Jan. 14 and look for a series sweep for the first time since 2010.
Action from UCF Arena can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network. Live stats and video can be accessed through HerdZone.com.
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