That wasn’t pretty, was it? Going to be tough for Herd fans to live with that one for 12 months …
That was WVU’s 3rd-largest margin of victory in the 40-game all-time series. Bigger victories were Jan. 16, 1929 (44-21) and Dec. 5, 1989 (74-56). A tad misleading, though — in January 1992, Dwight Freeman’s 7-win team fell behind 27 or thereabouts before “rallying” to lose 90-76.
One last tidbit here: WVU has become Marshall’s 17th-most played opponent. Wasn’t it yesterday that Stu Aberdeen coached against Joedy Gardner?
Herd opponents played more often, in alpha order: Appalachian State 49 (32-17), Bowling Green 54 (23-31), Morris Harvey/U. of Charleston 115 and holding (92-23), The Citadel 43 (33-10), East Tennessee State 46 (21-25), Furman 45 (26-19), Kent State 54 (26-28), Miami-Oh 75 (28-47), Morehead State 92 (49-43), Ohio 98 or so (46-52, 46-53, whatever), UT-Chattanooga 47 (19-28), Toledo 54 (21-33), VMI 48 (33-15), W.Va. Wesleyan 42 (29-13), Western Carolina 42 (29-13), Western Michigan 49 (30-19).
A Dr. Doom stat: By Marshall’s preseason count, it has lost 996 games all-time. Don’t get down: That is compared to 1,339 wins.
Onto Conference USA, where the other 11 teams are looking up to the Herd, at least after 4 games. It doesn’t get any easier, but don’t cancel those Memphis reservations. … The Herd will be locked into a Wednesday/Saturday routine through March 3, with one break between the Feb. 11 home game against East Carolina and a Feb. 18 trip to SMU. Good break for Valentine’s Day …
While the Herd kept from getting its knees skinned Wednesday night, Keith Clanton converted a 3-point play off a stickback with 3 seconds left to give Central Florida a 69-68 win over Memphis, thus handing the Tigers their first loss. Here is the call from Memphis, and from Orlando.
In that latter, columnist/radio gabber Mike Bianchi tweeted a self-righteous condemnation of UCF fans storming the court. If you follow me on the Tweetybird, you see my simple response.
Now, it’s on the game at Southern Miss, with an outrageous 15 RPI (as simulated by RealTimeRPI). From the Hattiesburg American, here is a recap of their last game, last Saturday, against UAB, and a look at what the Herd faces as it tries to reverse its first rebounding deficit.
Finally, a quick look at Conference USA RPI, according to RealTime as a today (Thursday): Southern Miss 16, Memphis 31, Marshall 47, UCF 61, UTEP 134, Tulsa 141, UAB 146, Rice 177, SMU 188, East Carolina 192, SMU 206, Tulane 234, Houston 245.
(These are updated. I forgot that RealTime tends to update later in the day.)
Tulane has lost Kendall Timmons for the season with an Achilles injury. The Green Wave will be hard-pressed to stay out of the C-USA basement.