Marshall vs. UAB: Full Game Preview
|Marshall||E Pittman 15.1||D Tinnon 9.1||D Kane 7.4|
|UAB||R Rucker 14.0||R Rucker 8.0||T Jones 3.9|
UAB welcomes Marshall to Bartow Arena on Saturday. The game gets underway at 3 p.m. EST. The Blazers are 6-2 against the Thundering Herd over the last four years. The last time they played they won 56-49 on Jan. 25, 2012.
Marshall is in seventh place in the conference and UAB is in 10th place.
In a 70-63 triumph over Tulsa on Feb. 6, Rod Rucker put up 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Blazers. He contributes team-best marks with 14 points per game, 8 rebounds per game, and 0.7 blocks per game. For the Thundering Herd, Dennis Tinnon put up 13 points and 12 rebounds in the 91-75 loss to Tulane on Feb. 6. He averages 10.5 points per game in addition to a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game. The Four Factors in which Marshall stands out are free throw rate at 44.9 percent and offensive rebounding percentage at 38.3 percent.
- UAB is a better free-throw-shooting team (73.5% vs 57.1%) than Marshall this season.
- Terence Jones is ranked 8th in C-USA in assists.
- We just win. UAB has more wins over the last 5 years than Marshall (117 vs 108).
- At least you keep showing up. UAB has an average margin of victory of 10 over Marshall in 11 wins since 2003.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? UAB currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (927 to 910) than Marshall, per the NCAA.
- UAB takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Marshall (4 vs 0).
- UAB players are more experienced than Marshall players (12,889 minutes played vs 10,643 minutes played).
- AP voters think more highly of UAB and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Marshall (10 vs 0).
- Jordan Swing is ranked 10th in C-USA in three-pointers.
- Even computers respect UAB more. We have a better RPI this season than Marshall (RPI: #149 vs #197).
- UAB has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (63.69% to 49.51%).