College Basketball Outlook

Marshall, Ohio meet for 100th time today

ATHENS, Ohio – Talk about coincidence.

Marshall University, which is celebrating its 100th season of men’s basketball, will be playing Ohio for the 100th time today when the Thundering Herd and Bobcats meet at 2 p.m. today at the Convocation Center.

Ohio (8-5) has won the last two meetings, including last year’s game 70-68 on Nov. 30. Marshall (7-7) won the last meeting in Athens, 65-57 on Dec. 4, 2010.

The teams met 44 times as members of the Mid-American Conference from 1954-69 and 1998-2005. The Bobcats lead the overall series, 53-46.

Both teams have lost three of their last four games as the Thundering Herd is coming off a 53-51 loss to Delaware State on Wednesday and the Bobcats last played in a 74-63 loss at Oklahoma last Saturday.

DeAndre Kane leads the Herd in scoring at 15.0 points per game, but the junior guard has missed the last five games due to a right hand injury. Among active players, junior forward Elijah Pittman leads the team with 14.9 points per game. Fellow junior college transfer D.D. Scarver is just behind Pittman with 14.1 points per contests.

Marshall ranks 22nd in the NCAA in rebounding with 41.9 per game thanks in large part to Nigel Spikes (9.1 rpg) and Dennis Tinnon (9.0 rpg). The Herd also ranks eighth in the country in offensive rebounds per game with 15.5.

Mountaineer women to face Kansas today

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will face a Big 12 team for the first time on its home court as the Mountaineers take on Kansas at 7:30 p.m. today.

The Mountaineers (8-4, 1-0) look to bounce back from a 71-68 loss at the hands of Oklahoma on Wednesday, while the Jayhawks (10-2, 1-0) defeated Kansas State, 72-63, at home for its league opener on Jan. 2.

Kansas returns four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 21-13 and 8-10 in the Big 12, and went to the NCAA Regionals. KU was chosen by the league head coaches to finish No. 4, just behind WVU and Oklahoma, in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll.

In the Jayhawks’ last outing with Kansas State, KU had five players in double figures behind sophomore guard Natalie Knight’s 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.

Kansas averages 71.7 points per game as a team, which is the fourth-highest average in the Big 12, while matching WVU in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 58.2 points per game.

As a team, Kansas is accurate from the field, shooting a team field-goal percentage of 45.7 percent, the 19th-highest team field-goal percentage in the nation.

Senior forward Carolyn Davis holds the seventh-highest scoring average in the Big 12 as she averages 15.8 points per game, while senior guard Angel Goodrich as the only other KU player to average double-figure numbers with 13.7 points per game.