HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall and West Virginia will meet in men’s basketball for the 36th consecutive season on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in Charleston for the annual Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic.
It is the longest running active series for the Thundering Herd who is 5-3 on the season. The Mountaineers enter the game with a record of 2-3.
Both teams have had its share of neutral court games so far this season with Marshall going 1-1 in neutral games at the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Wounded Warriors Project in Hempstead, N.Y. and WVU going 1-2 at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
After losing two games by a combined four points, Marshall has won its last three games and is coming off a 61-58 win over UNCW on Saturday. As it has for the past two years under Tom Herrion, now in his third season as head coach, Marshall’s wins have started in the paint, primarily with rebounding.
The Herd currently ranks 13th in the NCAA with 42.8 rebounds per game and tied for 14th with 16.1 offensive rebounds per game. Marshall has been outrebounded in only 12 of its last 43 games played and when the Herd outrebounds a team by at least 10, a Herrion-led Herd team is 26-6.
Dennis Tinnon’s 9.4 rebounds per game (T-38th) and Nigel Spikes’ 9.1 (T-47th) are both in the top 50 nationally in rebounds per game. Marshall is one of two teams (SEMO) to have two top 50 rebounders.
DeAndre Kane leads the Herd with 16.0 points per game and ranks fourth nationally with 8.4 assists per game.
WVU is coming off a 94-69 win over VMI last Wednesday and are led by sophomore guard Juwan Staten’s 10.8 points per game. The Mountaineers lead the overall series with Marshall 29-11 including an 18-5 record against the Herd in Charleston.
The game will be televised throughout the state with John Sanders and Frank Giardina calling the action. Networks carrying the event are WOWK, WVNS, WBOY, WTRF, WJAL and WTAP. Additionally, the game will be available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court.
The game can be heard on the radio throughout the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network and heard online via a paid subscription to Herd All-Access. Gametracker can be accessed through HerdZone.com. Follow @Herd_Zone on twitter for scoring updates in every game throughout the season.