UCF vs. Marshall: Full Game Preview

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UCF vs. Marshall: Full Game Preview
UCF
(15-5, 4-2 away)
Marshall
(9-12, 9-4 home)
Venue: Cam Henderson Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
UCF K Clanton 16.2 K Clanton 9.4 I Sykes 4.4
Marshall D Kane 14.9 D Tinnon 9.2 D Kane 6.9

Marshall welcomes UCF to Cam Henderson Center on Saturday. The game gets underway at 2:00 EST and you can catch it on CSS. The Thundering Herd are 5-3 against the Knights over the last four years. They fell 67-60 on 2/8/2012, the last time they met.

Marshall is in 7th place in the conference, UCF is in 3rd place.

In their last outing, despite 15 points and 8 rebounds from Elijah Pittman, the Thundering Herd fell to Southern Methodist 68-57 on January 30th. He is averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. For the Knights, Isaiah Sykes put up 20 points and 9 rebounds in the 58-50 win over Tulane on January 30th. With 4.4 assists per game and 2.0 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which UCF is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 54.6, ranking 1st in their conference (and 18th nationally).

UCF StatSmack

  • Marshall is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Marshall is 78.5 inches compared to 77.4 inches for UCF.
  • We make our fans proud. Marshall has a better record at home than UCF this season (8-1 vs 10-3).
  • Elijah Pittman is ranked 10th in C-USA in points.
  • Marshall is better under pressure, and has defeated UCF in 5 out of the last 5 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
  • The Marshall assist leader (DeAndre Kane) has more assists than the UCF assist leader (Isaiah Sykes).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Marshall has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than UCF (1 vs 0).
  • Nigel Spikes is ranked 7th in C-USA in rebounds and 7th in C-USA in blocks.
  • DeAndre Kane is ranked 33rd nationally in assists.
  • The Marshall basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than UCF (100% vs 56%).
UCF Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Keith Clanton 36 16 9 3 1 2 3
B+ Isaiah Sykes 34 16 7 4 2 1 4
B- T. Spurlock 33 11 6 2 1 1 2
C+ C. Newell Jr. 32 11 2 2 1 0 2
C+ Kasey Wilson 26 10 5 1 1 1 1
D+ Daiquan Walker 22 4 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Matt Williams 13 5 1 1 0 0 0
D Rod Days 11 2 1 1 1 0 0
D Staphon Blair 7 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Robert King III 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Dylan Karell 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Tyler Coons 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
D- Bobby Horodyski 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Isaac Lang 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
MARSH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- DeAndre Kane 36 15 4 7 2 0 4
C Elijah Pittman 31 15 4 1 1 1 2
C Dennis Tinnon 30 10 9 1 1 0 2
C D.D. Scarver 27 14 2 2 1 0 2
C- Nigel Spikes 24 5 8 0 1 1 1
D Robert Goff 17 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Jamir Hanner 11 4 3 1 0 0 1
D- Chris Martin 16 3 1 1 1 0 1
D- DeVince Boykins 11 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Tamron Manning 10 1 1 1 0 0 1
D- Kelvin Amayo 9 3 0 1 1 0 1
D- J.P. Kambola 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Yous Mbao 7 0 2 0 0 1 1
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