Thursday, February 9, 2012

Marshall Basketball: Shooting and 2-pt defense killing Herd

Marshall basketball is in a tail spin. Tom Herrion’s Herd has lost six of their last seven games, five of them to conference opponents. Looking at the Thundering Herd’s team stats it is clear this group has two major deficiencies.

221, that is how many schools shoot better than Marshall’s 42.5%. Focusing on Conference USA games the Herd’s field goal percentage plummets to 40.6, good for last in the league. As we have been over multiple times, the Herd has not won a single game this season when they have shot below 42.5%.

Marshall’s second glaring weakness is on defense, specifically stopping opposing teams chances inside the arch. The Herd is allowing opponents to convert on 55.2% of their two point field goal attempts which ranks second to last in C-USA and 289th overall. Marshall’s stellar defense from three point range, they rank 62nd in the nation, can not make up for this deficiency.

More than any thing, field goal percentage and defensive two point field goal percentage, are killing the Thundering Herd.

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