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#636 Marshall 149
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: November 19, 2019, Cam Henderson Center, Huntington, WV, 7:00 PM ET

The Marshall Thundering Herd hope to avoid an upset and third consecutive loss on Tuesday when taking on the Charleston Cougars. After opening up the season with wins over South Carolina Upstate and Georgia State, the Cougars dropped their first loss of the season last week in a 73-54 blowout to Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, the Thundering Herd have fallen in back-to-back outings against Notre Dame and Toledo.

Charleston gets crushed by long-range shots

The Cougars were neck-and-neck with Oklahoma State until the second-half of the game when the Cowboys made all of the adjustments. When the game was on the line, Charleston went cold on the floor and finished with only 24 points to Oklahoma State’s 43 points. They simply lacked the sustained offensive firepower to compete down the stretch.

They’re hoping the same isn’t true in Tuesday’s outing against the Thundering Herd. It’s no secret Marshall has faced the better opposition early in the season, and their stats are a bit skewed due to those tougher match-ups. At least the Cougars won’t have to worry as much about 3-point shots. Cowboys guard Thomas Dziagwa dropped seven on them last Wednesday, and the Thundering Herd have shown significant struggles getting shots to fall when pulling up from long-range.

Charleston guard Grant Miller has been spectacular in both of the team’s wins so far this season. That will have to continue to be the case on Saturday against a Marshall team that hasn’t shown much offensive life outside of Jarrod West and Taevion Kinsey.

Marshall needs more offense

A problem right out of the gates for Marshall has been the massive pressure consistently heaped on either West or Kinsey to perform. Granted, Iran Bennett did manage to score in double figures in the loss to Notre Dame, but for the most part, the Cougars’ offense has remained top-heavy. No other player outside of Kinsey, West and Bennett finished in the Thundering Herd’s loss to Notre Dame in double figures.

It would be different if they boasted the kind of shut-down defense to keep them in games. But they also haven’t been facing cakewalk opponents, either. That will remain the case in Tuesday’s head-to-head meeting with the Cougars. It’s the same Cougars team shooting 41.6 percent from the floor and 25.4 percent from 3-pointer.

Considering the Thundering Herd’s shooting struggles, this game could play out in their favor as a slow-burner. Charleston doesn’t boast the offensive efficiency to strike quickly, and Marshall won’t get drawn into a 3-point shooting match to keep from getting blown out. They aren’t a team built for an offensive shootout.

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Charleston has yet to beat a team with a winning record. So it would be a mistake to rely on bloated statistics in picking them to win this match-up. Unlike the Cougars, Marshall was thrown into the fire immediately in back-to-back outings against Toledo and Notre Dame. Their numbers should come up a bit in a more realistic outing against Charleston.

The Thundering Herd are the more physical basketball team on the boards, which will enable them to dominate in the paint and limit the second-chance shot opportunities. Jannson Williams could be the third wheel behind West and Kinsey that has yet to shine this season. He was averaging 9.0 points per game in his sophomore year, and there was a growing belief this would be his breakout season.

Tuesday’s game will be a step in that direction when he helps the Thundering Herd blow past the Cougars and towards a .500 win percentage.

Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd (-8)

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The Cougars had the benefit of some really bad match-ups early on to make them seem a little scarier than they are this season. Georgia Southern and South Carolina Upstate, the last two teams they’ve beaten, have a combined record of 2-7 so far this season. Meanwhile, we all saw what happened to that 70.7 points-per-game average when they faced real competition with Oklahoma State. Marshall doesn’t boast the same sort of threat, but they are a far more dangerous opponent than the previous two for the Cougars. I’m taking the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (148)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.