Monday, November 25, 2013

Marshall Basketball: Opponent Profile, Western Kentucky

After snapping a two game losing streak in a win over UNC Wilmington last week, Marshall (3-2, 0-0) returns to the Cam Henderson Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. tip-off) for a match-up against Western Kentucky (3-1, 0-0).

The Hilltoppers have qualified for two straight NCAA Tournaments and were the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference. They return four starters from last year’s squad including preseason All-Sun Belt first team selection T.J. Price. Western Kentucky’s leading scorer, Price averages 18 points per game.

After missing the season’s first three games with an sprained foot, WKU’s Brandon Harris saw his first action of the year against Samford last week. Projected to be the team’s starting point guard, Harris played 12 minutes against the Bulldogs, scoring three points while committing just as many assist (two) as turnovers.  

George Fant (13 ppg) is the only other Hilltopper averaging double-digit points. The 6-foot-6 forward also leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Tuesday’s contest is the third of four in the Roundball Showcase, an NCAA exempt event that only counts as two games on Marshall’s schedule. The Herd has already played Stephen F. Austin and UNCW, the final game will take place Saturday when East Tennessee State visits the Henderson Center. 

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