Friday, December 20, 2013

Marshall Basketball: Opponent Profile, Arkansas State

Marshall (5-6, 0-0)  returns to the hardwood on Saturday as they host Arkansas State (5-4, 0-0) for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the Cam Henderson Center.

Red Wolves leading scorer Kirk Van Slyke is familiar with the Thundering Herd. As a member of the 2011 Houston Cougars, the 6-foot-10 forward  played four minutes and scored no points in a 66-58 loss to Marshall. After sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules, Van Slyke is leading Arkansas State this season with 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Another Houston transfer, 6-foot-7 forward Kendrick Washington averages 26.8 minutes, 5.8 rebounds, and 8.3 points per game for the Red Wolves.

Much like the Herd, Arkansas St. struggles from the free throw line. The Red Wolves arrive in Huntington off of back-to-back losses to Nebraska and Toledo. In those two games, Arkansas St. shot a combined 55% (16-29) from the foul line.

Arkansas State

Notes: On the Marshal side, forward Cheikh Sane is not expected to play against ASU after injury his foot against West Virginia. He spent Tuesday’s win over Alice Lloyd on the bench in a walking boot with a pair of crutches. 

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