Nevada (3-1) at Marshall (2-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cam Henderson Center (9,048) -- Huntington, West Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Nevada 3-0, Marshall 1-0. Away Record: Nevada 0-1, Marshall 0-2. Neutral Record: Nevada 0-0, Marshall 1-1. Conference Record: Nevada 0-0, Marshall 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Marshall Thundering Herd finally return to the friendly confines of the Cam Henderson Center, as they welcome the Nevada Wolf Pack to Huntington on Saturday.
Marshall opened the 2001-13 season with an 81-47 rout of Longwood and hasn't been home since, playing its next our games outside of Huntington. The road hasn't exactly been kind to Tom Herrion's Herd, who are now just 2-3 on the season, following a thrilling 103-100 shootout loss at Hofstra in a game that went into double-overtime.
The Wolf Pack have followed the opposite path, opening up on the road with a loss to UC Irvine (78-64), before enjoying three straight wins in Reno, knocking off Cal State Fullerton, Green Bay and Southern Utah (79-61) as part of the World Vision Classic.
These two teams have met just three previous times, but this is the first meeting since 1996. Nevada holds a 2-1 series edge.
The Wolf Pack earned the World Vision Classic title with an 18-point romp over Southern Utah. Malik Story had a huge game, leading all scorers with 25 points, on 8-of-13 shooting. Deonte Burton added 14 points to the cause, while Cole Huff and Ali Fall chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
The Wolf Pack are off to the best start under head coach David Carter, despite posting modest offensive numbers of 73.5 ppg on 42.2 percent shooting. Burton and Story have been a potent one-two punch though, leading the team with 15.0 and 14.0 ppg, respectively. Huff and been very productive off the bench, averaging 9.8 ppg, while leading the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
DeAndre Kane recorded just the fourth triple-double in school history, but his 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists still weren't enough to lift the Thundering Herd to victory, as they lost a marathon game at Hofstra last time out. Elijah Pittman had a big game as well in defeat, netting 20 points, while Chris Martin and D.D. Scarver chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Kane is the straw that stirs the drink in Huntington, leads Marshall in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and assists (8.4 apg). Perimeter help comes from Scarver (13.4 ppg, team-high 13 3-pointers), while Pittman (14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Dennis Tinnon (10.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg) provide the frontcourt balance. With that kind of offensive diversity, it is no wonder the Thundering Herd are averaging a robust 81.2 ppg on the year.
The Wolf Pack's only trip outside of Reno resulted in a loss. Playing at the Cam Henderson Center certainly give the Herd the edge in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marshall 76, Nevada 70
11/24 10:30:43 ET