Men's Basketball

@HerdMBB to Square Up Against Middle Tennessee to Decide League's Last Unbeaten Team

Jan. 11, 2017

GAME 18: MARSHALL (11-6, 4-0 C-USA) AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE (13-3, 3-0 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 12 | 8 p.m. ET
Murfreesboro, Tenn. | Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center (11,520)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men's basketball team returns to the road to take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m. The two sides are the last remaining undefeated teams in league play, as Marshall is 4-0 and Middle Tennessee is 3-0 in C-USA. The game will be broadcasted by beIN Sports and streamed on its Facebook page.

In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call. Live stats will be available through GoBlueRaiders.com.

HAVE YOU HERD
Marshall moved to 4-0 in league play when it defeated the Charlotte 49ers, 110-93. It was the first time the Herd scored 110 points in regulation since scoring 111 against East Tennessee State on Feb. 11, 1996 Jon Elmore had his fourth double-double of the year, while Ryan Taylor had his third consecutive double-double. They became the first Marshall duo to have a double-double in the same game since Ryan Taylor and James Kelly vs. UTEP on March, 10, 2016. The Herd scored 70 points in its 37th straight game. Seven different players made a 3-pointer for Marshall. Austin Loop had his fifth game of the year with at least five FGs from three-point land.

SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
Middle Tennessee is the reigning C-USA tournament winner and is coming off a season where it made the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Raiders have one of the best home court advantages in the nation, as it owns a 72-13 record since the 2011-12 season. After defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores earlier in the season, Middle Tennessee received votes in the AP poll for the first time since the 2013 season. The Blue Raiders were projected to finish second overall in the C-USA preseason poll conducted by C-USA coaches. Middle Tennessee and Marshall are the last of two teams that are undefeated in league play.

WHO TO KNOW
The Blue Raiders (Reggie Upshaw and JaCorey Williams) and Marshall (Jon Elmore, Stevie Browning and Ryan Taylor) are one of two teams in C-USA that have multiple players that have won C-USA Player of the Week honors this season. Reggie Upshaw is one of two active players in the league to put up at least 1,283 points and 750 rebounds. Senior JaCorey Williams recorded double-doubles in three consecutive games against Vanderbilt (13 points, 10 rebounds), at Belmont (18 points, 11 rebounds) and at VCU (17 points, 14 rebounds). The streak of double-doubles was the first by a Blue Raider in over 20 seasons. He has 16 in his career. Giddy Potts is one of the most accurate three-point specialists in the nation, as he shoots 42.9 percent from behind the arc.

SERIES HISTORY
Marshall will meet Middle Tennessee for the 12th contest between the two sides. It is a series that dates back to the 1975-76 season, but was renewed recently thanks to the Blue Raiders joining C-USA. Middle leads the series, 8-3.

LAST TIME
A pair of junior guards posted 20-point performances for third-seeded Marshall men's basketball (17-16) in a hard-fought 99-90 loss against second-seeded Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA Championship Semifinal on Friday Night at Legacy Arena at The BJCC.

The loss eliminated the Thundering Herd from the tournament, while the Blue Raiders advanced to Saturday's championship game and eventually won the tournament.

#ONEHERD
For all the latest information about Marshall men's basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram.

UP NEXT
Marshall will stay on the road and travel to Birmingham, Ala., to take on the UAB Blazers on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. The Blazers lead the all-time series, 17-6.

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