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Record: Marshall 11-5, Tulane 14-4. Away Record: Marshall 1-11, Tulane 3-9.
Neutral Record: Marshall 1-2, Tulane 1-0. Conference Record: Marshall 6-10,
Tulane 6-10. Series Record: Marshall leads, 8-6.
GAME NOTES: The ninth-seeded Marshall Thundering Herd begin their quest back
to the Conference USA Tournament Championship as they take on the eighth-
seeded Tulane Green Wave in the opening round of the tourney.
Tom Herrion's Herd became the first team in C-USA Tournament history to reach
the finals as a six seed a season ago, it will now look to become the second
school in history to win it as a nine seed (Saint Louis, 2000). Marshall
underachieved all season long after many thought during the preseason that it
would contend with Memphis for the conference crown.
The Herd did play their best game of the season recently, upsetting Southern
Miss, 88-84, to avenge a 56-point loss. But they fell, 86-79 at East Carolina
in their regular-season finale. Against the Pirates, Robert Goff scored a
career-high 27 points on 12- of-19 from the field. Elijah Pittman had 21
points on 4-of-7 from 3-point range, while DeAndre Kane logged 20 points, 12
assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Pittman paces the team with 16.3 ppg,
while Kane posts 14.9 ppg and a conference-leading 7.1 apg. D.D. Scarver (12.2
ppg) and Dennis Tinnon (10.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg) also play integral roles in
Herrion's system. The Thundering Herd are one of just two teams in the
conference with a negative scoring margin as they are being out-produced by an
average of 3.8 ppg.
The Green Wave defeated Marshall, 91-75, in the only regular season matchup
between these schools this season. The Herd still own an 8-6 all-time series
Tulane stumbled down the stretch with four consecutive losses by an average of
5.5 ppg to close out the regular season. The Green Wave's poor finish made it
the eighth-seed, although it could have finished tied for third had it won
out. Tulane's latest setback was 96-94 loss to Houston as the Cougars' Joseph
Young drained a game-winning jumper despite being fouled with two seconds left
to down the Green Wave. Coach Ed Conroy's team only loss three times during
its non- conference slate, during which time it defeated Pepperdine and
Although they lost, the Green Wave had a very balanced effort against Houston.
Kendall Timmons led Tulane with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Davis
added 21 points, Kajon Mack scored 16, Ben Cherry finished with 11 points and
Jordan Callahan tallied 10. This season, Davis leads Tulane with 17.5 points
and 10.3 rebounds per game. Tarrant ranks second with 16.1 ppg, and he leads
the Green Wave with 3.5 apg as well. Callahan stands third with 10.9 ppg. The
Green Wave are averaging 69.2 ppg and giving up 64.6 ppg.
Tulane went 3-9 in true road tests and won its only contest at a neutral site
this season while Marshall also struggled outside of Huntington. This one will
be much closer than the first bout and the Thundering Herd have a solid chance
of winning if Pittman continues to get help from down the line.