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Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:05 pm

By Jeff Goodman

HUNTINGTON, West Va. - This Marshall team could be dangerous in the NCAA tournament -- if the Thundering Herd manage to get there. 

Coach Tom Herrion has a strong and fearless wing who can score the ball in DeAndre Kane, one of the nation's top rebounders in Dennis Tinnon, an experienced point guard in Damier Pitts, seemingly endless length and size up front and no shortage of role guys. 

These guys can give Memphis a run for the league title. 

In fact, these guys may just be the favorites in C-USA with Josh Pastner's Tigers struggling as much as they did in the non-conference slate. 

"We've been waiting for four years," Pitts said after Marshall pulled out a 65-64 win over Central Florida on Saturday night. "We've gotten a lot of hype, but people are still talking about Memphis. We feel like we're the ones with the upper hand." 

"I think we can play against a lot of teams in the country," added Thundering Herd coach Tom Herrion. "Obviously, Memphis is really talented and were picked to win the league. But I think we match-up relatively well with them." 

Marshall improved to 4-0 in the league with the win over Central Florida and former Thundering Herd coach Donnie Jones. Next up for Tom Herrion's team is a neutral-site matchup Wednesday in Charleston against West Virginia. The first showdown with Memphis comes on Jan. 28. 

This is a Thundering Herd team that knocked off Cincinnati on the road back in November, pummeled Iona - and played Syracuse tough in the Carrier Dome. It's also a team that has lost to Ohio and Akron -- and split with Belmont. That means Marshall probably needs to either win the C-USA tournament or finish in the top two in the regular-season -- and lost in the league tournament title game. 

"Our margin for error is so thin," Herrion said after the win. "You've got to protect your home court." 

That's exactly what happened on Saturday in front of 8,379 fans that made the Cam Henderson Center one of the better environments I've been to in the last few years. 

"Crazy," was how Kane described the home crowd. "Bananas." 

He's right and Kane may have been too amped up as he struggled early. However, he made up for it down the stretch, culminating with a pair of free throws with 14.5 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. 

"No pressure," a confident, almost cocky Kane said after the victory. "It was good all along." 


Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:52 pm

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) USM's back under the radar, with the big game against Marshall coming up in 6 days...   If we take that one at home, and are right back in the conference-title picture (since we'll get Memphis at home to try to get some revenge to end the season...)

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:33 pm

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

Memphis will be fine.  They are favorites in CUSA until they no longer have the chance to be fine.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:20 pm

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

We Are Memphis! Suck it!

Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:28 pm

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

So, Memphis lost to Georgetown (overtime) neutral court, Georgetown on the road, Louisville on the road, Murray State, and Michigan (all ranked teams and Marshall wins at home by one point to UCF (never beat Memphis) and they can start proclaiming they can win CUSA? They lost at home to Akron and Ohio. Besides, the conference tourny is in Memphis.

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:34 am

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

Thanks, Jeff/Damier. I'm sure coach Herrion and the team appreciate you stoking the fire and stocking the bulletin board for Memphis 1/28.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:20 am

Oh yea and Streetball????

You say Marshall plays Streetball. Pretty sure the thugs that make up UCF take that hands down... Or hands up as most of them will end up in life. Not only did one of them elbow Marshall head coach Tom Herrion in the chest as he ran by but another one had to be physically restrained from attacking a ref after the game. Real classy.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:07 am

History is irrelevant

The Nazis tried to take over the world. You need to prepare yourself as it is still an obvious threat. The fact that all you have is history to talk about 2011-2012 doesn't make for a valid argument. The talent that has continued to amass could easily be seen and the fact that Marshall is in 1st place right now is a surprise to no one. Well unless you're a delusional UCF fan. Inferiority does that. If Marshall could hit some free throws they would be undefeated. Which would include win over Syracuse that they blew. You also make smart ass remarks about the postseason with the CIT/CBI. It didn't take a genius to see ESPN screwing over CUSA last year in regards to the NIT which is ESPN's little baby. CUSA told ESPN no thank you to their TV contract and ESPN went out of their way to screw with CUSA. That's very well documented. Point being. Marshall and other fellow CUSA schools were the highest rated schools left out of the NIT becuase ESPN had a case of the red ass. Marshall did lose to Akron 11-6 & Ohio 13-4 whom are 1st and 3rd in the MAC. That didn't go over well by any means around Herdnation. At least Marshall didn't lose to 9-10 Louisiana-Lafeyette. Lastly you make broad predictions that Marshall will lose on the road to Memphis and UCF and that may be true. It happened last year. However, Marshall whipped both of them at home. Possibly history repeats itself. Most likely it's doesn't.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:11 am

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

Didn't Presbyterian also beat Cincinnati on the Bearcats home court? What's the point? Marshall got clobbered at home by Akron, and also lost at home to Ohio U. They split with Belmont. Is Goodman somehow suggesting that Iona is a "signature" win?  Marshall's all time NCAA record is 0-4. In four trips to the tourney, they are winless. The Herd hasn't been to the NCAA since 1987. They only have two post season (NCAA or NIT) wins in school history with two NIT wins in 1967. It's been forty-five years since Marshall won a post season game. They wrote a check and purchased a home court win in one of those silly CIT or CBI farces that have turned up in the last couple seasons, but the post season by any standard has always been, and still is defined by invitations to the NCAA Tourney or NIT. Any school that wants, can buy a CIT/CBI game. Marshall's remaining schedule is weak. Goodman correctly points out that the only way Marshall makes it to the NCAA is by winning the C-USA tournament (not happening), or by finishing in the top two of the conference (not likely). UCF will win the game on their home court, as will Memphis. UCF and Memphis will probably be the top two teams in C-USA at the end of the year. Tom Herrion is a JUCO master and has a reputation of finding players that have fallen through the cracks (see College of Charleston). He has in fact assembled something other than the usual suspects this season at Marshall. But this team plays streetball, and is undisicplined and very weak in the half court offense. The Herd hasn't been to the real post season in twenty five seasons. After this year the odds are it will be  twenty-six.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:38 am

Marshall becoming the favorites in C-USA?

I watched them both against UAB in Bham.

Memphis is better but Marshall is good.

Either team could beat the other on a given night but usually, its going to be the home team.

Tinnon rebounds like nobodys business and Kane is a shoe in for CUSA first team. I thought Pitts was better last year.

Coleman had poor body language on the bench and looked like he would rather be just about anywhere else. Would have thought after the incident he would be better.  Herrion needs to nip it in the bud before it becomes a cancer.

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