Two items here today, so let’s get to it.
Marshall takes on Charlotte at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd (13-12, 9-3) is third in Conference USA and the 49ers (10-15, 6-6) are in seventh, so it’s not exactly a 1-vs.-2 thing — unless we’re talking about scoring.
Counting conference games only, Marshall leads the league with 93.3 points per game, and Charlotte averages 82.9. BOTH numbers are higher than the league record of 81.2, set by Texas Christian in 2001-02.
The rest of the tale of the tape, again in league games only:
Scoring margin: Marshall +8.9 (1st), Charlotte +5.2 (4th)
Free throw percentage: Marshall .709 (4th), Charlotte .691 (8th)
Field-goal percentage: Marshall .505 (1st by .18), Charlotte .478 (4th)
3-point percentage: Charlotte .425 (1st), Marshall .402 (2nd)
3-point defense: Marshall .304 (2nd), Charlotte .421 (14th)
Assists: Marshall 19.0 (1st), Charlotte 15.58 (3rd)
Steals: Marshall 6.08 (T-3), Charlotte 5.25 (9th)
Turnover margin: Charlotte +1.5 (4th), Marshall -.067 (10th)
Assist/turnover ratio: Marshall 1.56 (1st), Charlotte 1.48 (3rd)
3-pointers made: Marshall 11.83 (1st), Charlotte 9.75 (2nd)
Are you seeing a trend?
Some individual leaders:
Scoring: Kelly, Herd 23.8 (2nd); Elmore, Herd 17.3 (9th); Uchebo, 49ers 16.0 (12th)
Rebounding: Uchebo, 49ers 13.8 (1st); Kelly, Herd 9.8 (4th)
FG percentage: Taylor, Herd .593 (4th); Uchebo, 49ers .580 (6th); Kelly, Herd .576 (8th); Vanhook, 49ers .571 (9th)
Assists: Elmore, Herd 6.75 (1st); Davis, 49ers 5.58 (4th)
FT percentage: Scott, 49ers .875 (T-6th)
Steals: Kelly, Herd 1.58 (T-7th)
3-pt percentage: White, 49ers .481 (3rd); Scott, 49ers .480 (4th); Elmore, Herd .458 (5th); Ogubueze, 49ers .448 (7th); Browining, Herd .440 (T-10th)
3-pointers made: Elmore, Herd 3.67 (1st); Ogbueze, 49ers 3.58 (2nd), White, 49ers 3.08 (3rd)
Assist/turnover ratio: Ogbueze, 49ers 4.00 (1st); Elmore, Herd 3.24 (2nd); Davis, 49ers 2.03 (8th); Browning, Herd 1.83 (10th)
Offensive rebounds: Uchebo, 49ers 4.67 (1st)
Minutes played: Ogbueze, 49ers 36.58 (2nd); Elmore, Herd 35.83 (T-5th)
There’s your game preview right there. And this: In the Herd’s 103-95 loss at Charlotte, the 49ers led by 19 with 7:25 left. Andrien White hit 8 3-pointers and scored 30, Joseph Uchebo went 24 and 21 and Curran Scott went 12 of 13 from the line. It was the Herd’s worst butt-kicking in conference play.
I’ll end with this: It’s not unreasonable to see Marshall staying at 3rd in the final C-USA standings, and Charlotte possibly sneaking up a spot to 6th. That could bring a Herd-49ers quarterfinal in Birmingham, so Marshall had better figure this team out.
Next order of business: We start to break down the standings, and the schedule for the rest of the season. The record refers to composite league record of remaining teams.
The current picture:
1. UAB 11-2. Left: at MTSU, MU, WKU, at FIU, at FAU (Record 34-26)
2. MTSU 10-3. Left UAB, WKU, MU, at FAU, at FIU (Record 35-25)
3. Marshall 9-3. Left: Charl, ODU, at UAB, at MTSU, La Tech, USM (Record 46-28)
4. La Tech 8-4. Left: at UTSA, at UTEP, NT, Rice, at MU, at WKU (Record 30-44)
5. ODU 7-5. Left: at WKU, at MU, UTEP, UTSA, at NT, at Rice (Record 30-44)
6. UTEP 7-6. Left: USM, La Tech, at ODU, at Charl, UTSA (Record 27-34)
7. Charlotte 6-6. Left: at MU, at WKU, UTSA, UTEP, at Rice, at NT (Record 30-44)
8. Fla. International 6-7. Left: at NT, at Rice, at FAU, UAB, MTSU (Record 34-29)
9. Fla. Atlantic 5-8. Left: at Rice, at NT, FIU, MTSU, UAB (Record 35-28)
10/11/12. W. Kentucky 4-8. Left: ODU, Charl, at MTSU, at UAB, USM, La Tech (Record 46-28)
10/11/12. North Texas 4-8. Left: FIU, FAU, at La Tech, at USM, ODU, Charl (Record 36-38)
10/11/12. Rice. Left: FAU, FIU, at USM, at La Tech, Charl, ODU (Record 36-38)
*****Southern Miss ineligible*****
13. UT-San Antonio 2-11. Left: La Tech, USM, at Charl, at ODU, UTEP (Record 32-29)
Yes, that’s Marshall and WKU with the best record of teams remaining.