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Pre-ECU game, by the numbers

We shall see a little offense Saturday night at Cam Henderson Center, and a fair amount of 3-point shooting. Let’s check out East Carolina, by the numbers.
The Pirates lead the league in scoring offense (78.8), 3-pointers made (124) and 3-pointers attempted (379), assists (17.94) and assist-to-turnover ratio. Maurice Kemp leads the league in scoring (18.3) and Akeem Richmond is first in 3-pointers made (2.44, just ahead of D.D. Scarver).
Runner-up categories: turnover margin (plus-2.38) and Miguel Paul in assists (5.71, behind the 7.62 of Mr. Kane).
That should give you an idea what kind of team this is — shoots a lot of 3s, many set up by Miguel Paul driving into the lane and dishing out to an open man. They’re not shy about picking the pace up, either.
Herd coach Tom Herrion remarked not just about the Pirates shooting 3s, but how many of them launch them. Here is what he means, in order of 3s attempted:
Richmond 39-92
Shamarr Bowden 27-72
Paul 19-60
Paris Campbell 15-53
Robert Sampson 10-43
Kemp 6-30
Corvonn Gaines 5-17 (hit game-winning shot against UCF)
To give you a little context, six Pirates have taken 30 or more; only four Marshall players have. Scarver has shot the most (41-111), as you can imagine.
As you’ll see me talk about in my game preview tonight/Saturday a.m., the Pirates have used those bombs to wipe out deficits. On Wednesday against Houston, they hit eight after the Cougars led 52-42 with 13:16; last Saturday, they made four to help wipe out Central Florida’s 17-point lead in the final 11:33, then hit two more in the overtime.
The message here: No lead is safe. Buckle up for another adventurous 40 minutes at the Henderson Center. 7 p.m. tip.
Marshall in the C-USA stat rankings:
1st — offensive rebounds (15.35), DeAndre Kane assists (7.62) and minutes played (36.15)
2nd — rebounds (40.6), offensive rebound percentage (.397), D.D. Scarver 3-pointers made (2.41), Kane assist-to-turnover ratio (2.36), Nigel Spikes offensive rebounds (3.53)
11th — scoring defense (69.9), scoring margin (minus-0.6), turnover margin (minus-2.94)
12th — drum roll, please … free-throw percentage (.588, nearly .05 behind No. 11 UCF)
Final observation: I keep hearing Kane isn’t a “pure” point guard, right?