Herd Releases 2006-07 Hoop Slate

Marshall men's basketball head coach Ron Jirsa has announced the 2006-07 schedule, a slate that includes the school's first-ever trip to the Great Alaska Shootout over Thanksgiving and a 14-game home schedule which features ACC-foe Virginia Tech in late December.

"With 14 home games and two relatively close road games, it gives our fans more access to watch our team," said Jirsa. "We've also met our goal of top teams coming to the Henderson Center. Through our league and being in the Great Alaska Shootout, we've been able to get more exposure for our program." The Herd, commemorating its 100th year of basketball, opens its regular season with a match up against UNC-Greensboro in the Henderson Center on November 11th. Marshall plays another home game against Robert Morris on November 17th before heading to Anchorage for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout over Thanksgiving weekend. The Herd has a tilt with Pac-10 powerhouse California on Thanksgiving night, November 23rd, at midnight Eastern Time in a game that will be televised live by ESPN2. The Herd also plays on November 24th and 25th in the tournament, a field that includes Hawaii, Hofstra, Loyola-Marymount, Missouri-Kansas City, Pacific, and the host Seawolves of Alaska-Anchorage. The winner's bracket game on the 24th and the championship on the 25th will also be televised by ESPN2.

Marshall returns home from Alaska with a game at geographic-rival Morehead State on November 29. It will be the Herd's first trip to Morehead since December 17, 2002, when the Eagles knocked off Marshall, 101-100, in overtime. The two schools have played a combined 90 times, with the Herd leading the series, 47-43. In December, the Herd kicks off the month with the renewal of another longtime series, this one against old MAC-rival Ohio. Marshall plays a home-and-home with the Bobcats, with the Herd playing at the Convocation Center in Athens on December 2nd, and the Bobcats playing a return date. at the Henderson Center on January 3rd.

After the Herd's trip to Athens, Ohio, it opens Conference USA play on December 4th against 2006 C-USA Champion Memphis at FedExForum in an early league game. Marshall then returns home to play three out of its last four December games at the Cam Henderson Center. December home games include Wright State (Dec. 13), another former MAC rival Bowling Green (Dec. 22), and ACC foe Virginia Tech (Dec. 30). Sandwiched in between the three home dates is a trip to Princeton on December 16th. It will be the Herd's first trip to Princeton, and the second time the two teams have met. Marshall captured the first meeting between the two teams in the 1972 Marshall Memorial Invitational, 78-64. January non-conference games are against Ohio, George Washington on January 6th in Washington, D.C., and intrastate rival West Virginia in Charleston on January 24th.

The Herd begins Conference USA play in earnest on January 10th with its first-ever trip to UTEP. With conference play expanding to 16 games, Marshall then takes on one of its five home-and-home league opponents when UCF comes to town on Saturday, January 13th. The Herd plays at UCF on February 10. Other home-and-home opponents in Conference USA include Tulsa (home, January 17; away, February 7), Tulane (away, January 20; home, Feb. 17), East Carolina (home, January 31; away, February 21), and UAB (home, Feb. 3; away, Feb. 24). Other conference games are against Houston in Huntington on January 27, at home against SMU on February 14, and another home game versus Rice on February 28. Marshall concludes its season at Southern Miss on Saturday, March 3, in Hattiesburg.

2006-07 Marshall Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 6 West Virginia State$ 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 UNC-Greensboro 4 p.m.
Nov. 17 Robert Morris 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 California# Midnight (ESPN2)
Nov. 24 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 25 (Hawaii, Hofstra, Loyola-Marymount, Missouri-Kansas City, Pacific, Alaska-Anchorage)
Nov. 29 @ Morehead State TBA
Dec. 2 @ Ohio TBA
Dec. 4 @ Memphis* 8 p.m.
Dec. 13 Wright State 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 @ Princeton 2 p.m.
Dec. 22 Bowling Green 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Virginia Tech 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 Ohio 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 @ George Washington 7 p.m. (CSTV)
Jan. 10 @ UTEP* 9:05 p.m.
Jan. 13 UCF* 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 Tulsa* 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 @ Tulane* TBA
Jan. 24 West Virginia^ 8 p.m.
Jan. 27 Houston* 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 East Carolina* 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 UAB* 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 @ Tulsa* 8:05 p.m.
Feb. 10 @ UCF* 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 SMU* 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 Tulane* 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 @ East Carolina* TBA
Feb. 24 @ UAB* TBA
Feb. 28 Rice* 7 p.m.
Mar. 3 @ Southern Miss* TBA
Mar. 7-10 C-USA Tournament FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.
Times Subject To Change
All Times Eastern
$ Exhibition Game
# Carrs/Safeway Great Alaskan Shootout, Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska
^ Toyota Capital Classic, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W.Va.
* C-USA game

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