Thursday, January 18th
7:00 p.m. CT
Middle Tennessee (13-4, 5-0) vs. Marshall (12-6, 3-2)
Huntington, W.Va | Cam Henderson Center
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– In a re-match of the 2017 Conference USA Championship game, Middle Tennessee is back on the road for the start of a pivotal two-game series this week with the Blue Raiders aiming to keep their momentum going as they head to West Virginia to face the Marshall Thundering Herd.
This game features the top two scorers in C-USA as Marshall's Jon Elmore leads the league in scoring at 22.7 points per contest while MT senior Nick King
is not far behind at 21.8 points per game.
In a series that has been largely controlled by Middle Tennessee, who leads 11-3 all-time against the Herd and currently owns a five-game streak in the series, this game features a clash of styles.
Marshall leads Conference USA in scoring, averaging 87.6 points per game (9th
in the NCAA), but remains last in points allowed at 82.4 points per game.
Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee ranks third in C-USA and 50th
in the NCAA is scoring defense, only allowing 66.3 points per game on the year. Since conference play started the Blue Raiders have allowed a league-best 57.8 points per game.
MT is coming off of a two-game home stand against LA Tech and Southern Miss, both of which featured breakout performances from senior center Brandon Walters
who averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two games.
Against Southern Miss, the Blue Raiders shattered their season high in rebounding (50) while also allowing a season low from their opponents (23). This wrinkle could be emphasized by head coach Kermit Davis
to control the tempo against Marshall's potent offense.
The Thundering Herd are looking to bounce back after suffering a crushing loss to Old Dominion, despite posting a 50-point second half against the Monarchs.
Both Marshall and Middle Tennessee remain in the top five in Conference USA standings, with the Blue Raiders holding on to their number one slot. Tip-off in West Virginia is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Thursday night and will be broadcast on beIN Sports.