A Look Into March

The calendar has flipped to March, which means two things, basketball season is coming to an end, and spring football practice starts soon. Marshall typically, due to weather, starts practice late, so we still have a few weeks until football starts, and here recently basketball has been solid so one would think the season would still have some time.

However, the basketball team has struggled to a record that most fans could not even rattle off to you right now (12 – 17, 5 – 9 in CUSA). Tomorrow night is senior night. A home finale against a USM team that destroyed the Herd on the road a month ago. Destroy is not actually the correct word, it was the low point of a season most Herd fans expected more of. Marshall was coming off a year in which it accomplished something it had not done in over a quarter of a century, a trip to the NIT. Many thought this was the year to break an even longer drought, and make the "Big Dance."

Marshall had to replace three big pieces of that team. Three senior, scoring, guards. Three guards that led this team for four years with clutch shots, clutch three point shots, clutch free throws, and clutch defense. Damier Pitts, Shaquille Johnson, and Dago Pena all left the Henderson Center as players, for the final time last March on senior day. One year later, it has been proven that replacing them in just one season, well, wasn't going to happen.

Flash Forward one season, and here we are at Senior Day again. This time, three big guys will walk onto the floor for the final time in home whites. Nigel Spikes, Dennis Tinnon, and Robert Goff. Three guys who have manned the paint for numerous games in the past two to four years.

While many fans have already turned the page from this season, and are looking towards other things, some fans have not. Some realize, like many experts have stated, that there is a lot of talent on this team. Guys who if they come together for five days or so in Tulsa, could complete the ultimate comeback, and win four games in four days and do something Marshall has not done since 1987.

De'Andre Kane, Elijah Pittman, D.D. Scarver, and the three seniors above are good enough to make that happen. They are good enough to play with Memphis, on the road, see the first game earlier this year. They are good enough to destroy contenders ECU and Tulsa as well.

No matter how this season ends, like all basketball seasons, it will end. The ending begins tomorrow night, at the Cam Henderson Center, at 7pm, as fans say good bye to three seniors. Three seniors who have put it on the line throughout their careers. Three seniors who have done so while staying out of trouble and representing the Green and White of Marshall to the best of their ability. Has the final year of their career went as they had hoped, no, not yet. However, the great thing about basketball is the post season is there for everyone, and if you are special for a weekend, anything can happen. Refer to Marshall's run last season all the way to the CUSA title game.

Thank you Nigel, Robert, and Dennis for representing the Herd well throughout their careers.

Remember though, if the season does end prematurely, Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler are waiting in the wings in just a few weeks.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.

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