It’s a non-conference matchup when Conference USA travels to face an ACC team in the Hoosier State. The Marshall Thundering Herd is on the road as they make the trip to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Friday night. Marshall was walloped 96-70 at home by Toledo in their last game on Sunday in their previous contest. Notre Dame rolled to a 79-50 home victory over Howard Tuesday night in their previous contest. This marks the first time that the two teams have met on the hardwood as Division I teams.
Marshall Thundering Herd Trying to RegroupMarshall was unable to start the season 2-0 as they were crushed by Toledo in their last game. The Thundering Herd now goes out on the road as they look to regroup after that beating. Marshall was tied about four minutes into the game before giving up a 7-0 run to trail 15-8. The rout was on from there as Toledo took a 21-point halftime lead and cruised from there. Marshall shot 42.6 percent from the field, including six of 23 from three-point range, and was drubbed 43-29 on the glass. Jarrod West and Taevion Kinsey each had 20 points for the Thundering Herd in the loss.
The Thundering Herd is tied for 259th in scoring offense as they average 68.5 points per game. Marshall is tied for 208th in rebounding by pulling down 37 boards per contest and dish out only 8.5 assists per contest on the season. The Thundering Herd is tied for 292nd in scoring defense by allowing 78 points per game on the year. Jarrod West leads Marshall with 20 points plus 3.5 steals per contest on the year. Taevion Kinsey is the only other player scoring in double figures as he averages 16 points per game. Mikel Beyers, Jannson Williams and Cam Brooks-Harris are guys that need to step up and contribute offensively. Marshall is shooting 43.3 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Thundering Herd splashes only five triples per game while shooting a dismal 23.3 percent from beyond the arc. Marshall is struggling at the free throw line, converting only 63.9 percent of their attempts this season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Shoots for Third Straight WinNotre Dame won their second straight game after opening the year with a defeat at North Carolina as they rolled past Howard in their previous contest. The Fighting Irish looks for a third straight win here as they face another mid-major team. Notre Dame jumped to a 7-0 lead and never trailed in the game: the closest that Howard got in the game was two at 7-5. The Fighting Irish then went on a 16-4 run to go up 23-9 and didn’t look back in the contest. Notre Dame shot 50.8 percent from the field, including six of 23 from three-point range, and controlled the boards by a 45-32 margin. John Mooney led the Fighting Irish with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the win.
Sit in a stance, embrace defense and the offense follows.— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) November 13, 2019
Force 17 turnovers, hold Howard to 31% shooting.
Dish out 22 assists, shoot 51% from the field. #RunItBack for a another look at our win over the Bison last night. pic.twitter.com/8gfbFEfXUy
The Fighting Irish stands 125th in the nation in scoring offense as they average 78.7 points per game. Notre Dame is tied for 149th with 39 rebounds per contest while the team is 27th by dishing out 18.7 assists a night. The Fighting Irish stands tied for 81st in scoring defense as they allow 61 points per game this year. Notre Dame is led by Prentiss Hubb, who puts up 14.7 points plus 4.7 assists per game on the year. John Mooney chips in 12.3 points plus 11.3 rebounds per contest, TJ Gibbs adds 12.3 points plus 4.3 assists a night while Dane Goodwin puts up 10.3 points a night. Robby Carmody, Juwan Durham, Nate Laszewski and Rex Pfleuger are key rotation pieces for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame shoots 47 percent from the field as a team on the year. The Fighting Irish connects on 7.7 three-pointers a night while shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc. Notre Dame is very good at the charity stripe, cashing in 75 percent of their chances this season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Thundering Herd are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games
- Thundering Herd are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Thundering Herd are 1-11-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss
- Fighting Irish are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games
- Fighting Irish are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Conference USA opponents