Jan. 17, 2018
GAME 17: Middle Tennessee (13-4, 5-0 C-USA) at Marshall (12-6, 3-2 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 18 | 8 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After a week on the road, the Marshall men's basketball team returns to the Henderson Center to welcome the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Thursday, Jan. 18. The contest features the two leading scorers in Conference USA with the Thundering Herd's Jon Elmore, who is averaging 22.7 points per game, and the Blue Raiders' Nick King, who is averaging 21.8 ppg.
Mike Gleason and Jason Capel will be on the call for beIN, while Steve Cotton and Charlie Hagley will call the game on the radio.
HAVE YOU HERD
A 50-point rally in the second half was not enough for Marshall to overcome the Old Dominion Monarchs in an 82-76 defeat on Saturday evening.
Junior guard C.J. Burks had a game-high 24 points, while junior guard Jon Elmore added 18 points and seven assists. Junior forward Dani Koljanin had a career-high 11 points. Old Dominion's B.J. Stith led the Monarchs with 20 points.
Marshall's first half woes happened when the Herd shot 10-of-30 (33.3 percent) from the field and 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point land, while the Monarchs shot 17-of-35 (48.6 percent) from FGs. The Herd short 46.7 from FGs in the second half.
SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
Middle Tennessee thrives using the 1-3-1 zone defense. It is a defense that causes problems for team's shooting three-pointers, as opposing teams make 31.1 percent from behind the arc. That total is good for No. 39 in the nation.
The Blue Raiders also have one of the top scoring defenses in the nation, as the opposition is averaging 66.3 points per game. MTSU also does a good job of controlling the glass since its 5.1 rebounding margin is third in the conference.
WHO TO KNOW
The top two scorers in the conference will faceoff for the first time this season. Nick King is is averaging 21.8 points per game, which is No. 17 in the nation. He is also the team's leading rebounder with 7.8 boards per game.
Giddy Potts should be the face most people are familiar with, as he is the team's main three-point shooting threat. He has made 41 of his 103 attempts (39.8 percent).
Marshall's run in the Conference USA men's basketball tournament lasted 73 hours and 34 minutes. The Herd was the only team to play on the first day and the last, a four-games-in-four-days journey that included consecutive games against the Nos. 3, 2 and 1 seeds.
In the end, as the ladders were brought out for coaches and players to cut down the nets here inside Legacy Arena, the Marshall players, exhausted and forlorn, carried the runner-up trophy to the locker room while Middle Tennessee celebrated as champions.
It took Middle Tennessee 53 seconds to open scoring, but the Blue Raiders never relinquished that lead. In fact, Marshall seldom threatened, especially in the first half. The Herd didn't score until more than three minutes had elapsed in the first half, and its normally reliable perimeter game disappeared.
The Herd hit 10 3-pointers in Saturday's championship game, giving the team a record-breaking 43 made 3s in the tournament. The previous record was held by Houston, 37, in 2010.
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