Head coaches Ken French of Rio Grande and Donnie Jones of Marshall had no idea who Marshall was going to play in the game at Huntington. Marshall had two players who left the team, plus Tyler Wilkerson is out for the year. Dago Pena is going to have surgery, and Tay Spann (back) and Shaq Johnson (ankle) were nursing injuries. Never fear, as The Herd won, 92-59, playing only eight players...
February 10, 2009
The weather in Huntington was awful for Herd fans, as an estimated 200,000 in the Tri-State were without power due to a severe winter storm dumping sleet and ice on top of 5-6 inches of snow. While the Herd was as hot as the weather in Hattiesburg, Miss. in the first half, the second half was so cold, shooting-wise, that Southern Miss got out to a big lead and stole a 84-79 win at home from MU.
January 27, 2009
Marshall started a two-game road trip, and the sixth road game in a month, in Orlando, Fla. at UCF Arena, hoping to build off the momentum of the SMU win on Wednesday. But Sunday, it was the Knights who made most of the shots, long and short, in a 87-69 win over the Herd. Marshall is just 1-9 away from Huntington, 1-4 in true road games and 0-4 against teams on neutral courts.
January 25, 2009
Marshall held its breath when SMU's Derek Williams pushed up a short jumper with just four seconds in a 50-50 game. MU's Markel Humphrey skied to take the rebound from a pair of Mustangs, and looked up court with just two seconds to play. He flipped the ball towards the basket nearly 75-feet away as time ticked off and the 3/4-court shot banked off the glass and into the basket for a 53-50 win.
January 21, 2009
Marshall flew to Oklahoma with high hopes of pulling an upset on a team that was picked to challenge Memphis for the Conference USA crown. But Tulsa had let the Tigers steal a win on Tuesday when Antonio Anderson went coast-to-coast with just 4.5 on the clock to pull out the win. Marshall had its own hangover to deal with, now 3-8 in last 11 games after the WVU game, including a 69-50 loss to TU.
January 17, 2009
The annual Chesapeake Energy Capital City Classic, the 18th consecutive meeting of both men's and women's teams from Marshall and WVU in Charleston, saw the Mountaineers sweep both games for the ninth time since 1992 and third consecutive year. MU men's coach Donnie Jones is now 0-2 versus WVU's Bob Huggins while the Herd's Royce Chadwick, women's coach at MU, is now 1-7 with WVU's Mike Carey.
January 15, 2009
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I am the great and powerful OZ," said the not so powerful wizard in the movie of the same name. Likewise, pay no attention to the final score of West Virginia's men beating Marshall, 87-76, because it really wasn't that close. Marshall shot just 54 percent from the free throw line, committed 29 fouls and allowed WVU to shoot 53 percent in the win.
January 14, 2009
When things go bad, they often go worse and that seems to be the health report for this year's edition of the Thundering Herd men's basketball team. Markel Humphrey missed all of pre-season with a stress fracture in his foot, and now a bone bruise in the same foot at Dayton has caused so much inflammation he took a shot over the weekend. On the heels of that, Marcus Goode underwent surgery today.
January 5, 2009