Western Kentucky and Marshall will be doing something that is rarely seen in college basketball on Saturday—playing each other for the second game in a row. The two teams met at Marshall on Wednesday night, as the Hilltoppers left with a 64-60 victory. Now, they will host the Thundering Herd on Saturday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Marshall looking to bounce backMarshall fell to 9-11 on the season with its Wednesday night setback. The Thundering Herd have lost three of their last four games, falling to UAB, Charlotte and then Western Kentucky. Their lone win in that stretch was a 68-67 win against Old Dominion last Saturday. They hit a game-winning free throw with 18.6 seconds left to seal the deal. Old Dominion missed a jumper with a few seconds to play in the game. Marshall jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead on Wednesday night, but the Hilltoppers rallied to score 19 of the final 25 points in the contest.
Final: WKU 64, Marshall 60#BringOnTheHerd— Marshall Men’s Basketball (@HerdMBB) January 23, 2020
The Thundering Herd are led by sophomore guard Taevion Kinsey, who is scoring 15.5 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.4 assists per game. He is pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game. Kinsey hit the free throw in the waning seconds of the win against Old Dominion last weekend. Junior guard Jarrod West is scoring 14.4 points per game. He is the best outside shooter on the team, knocking down 38 of 107 attempts from distance. Sophomore forward Iran Bennett is scoring 10.3 points per game and is pulling down a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Hilltoppers seeking repeat performanceWestern Kentucky, the pre-season favorite to win the Conference USA, is now in first place. The Hilltoppers have won six of their last seven games, despite losing their best player early in the season. NBA prospect Charles Bassey was expected to win Player of the Year in the conference, but went down after scoring 15.3 points per game and grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game in the first 10 games of the season. Wednesday night’s effort on the road was another example of the resiliency that the Hilltoppers have shown, despite Bassey’s absence. Western Kentucky held Marshall to a 2 of 13 shooting clip down the stretch.
It's almost time for the rivalry rematch! WKU hosts Marshall on Saturday for the teams' second game in four days. You can catch the action from @Stadium exclusively on Facebook at the link below! #GoTops— WKU Hilltopper Basketball (@WKUBasketball) January 23, 2020
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The Hilltoppers are led by junior guard Taveion Hollingsworth, who scored a game-high 20 points on Wednesday. He is averaging 15.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. Hollingsworth is also dishing out a team-high 2.6 assists per contest. Junior forward Carson Williams is scoring 13.4 points per game and is pulling down 6.4 rebounds per outing. Williams has been the most efficient outside shooter on the team, making 14 of 30 attempts from downtown. Senior wing Jared Savage is adding 10.9 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per outing.
- 0-6 ATS in its last six games
- 1-5 ATS in its last six games against Western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is:
- 4-2 ATS in its last six home games against Marshall
- 6-2 ATS in its last eight Saturday games