Marshall vs. UAB: Full Game Preview

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Marshall vs. UAB: Full Game Preview
Marshall
(10-13, 0-9 away)
UAB
(10-13, 8-4 home)
Venue: Bartow Arena
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, February 09, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Marshall StatSmack

  • 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%).
MARSH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- DeAndre Kane 37 14 4 7 2 0 4
C+ Elijah Pittman 31 15 4 1 1 1 2
C Dennis Tinnon 31 11 9 1 1 0 2
C D.D. Scarver 27 14 2 2 1 0 2
C- Nigel Spikes 24 6 7 1 1 2 1
D Robert Goff 17 4 3 0 0 1 1
D Jamir Hanner 11 4 3 1 0 0 1
D- Chris Martin 15 3 1 1 1 0 1
D- Tamron Manning 10 1 1 1 0 0 1
D- DeVince Boykins 11 1 1 0 0 0 1
D- Kelvin Amayo 9 3 0 1 1 0 1
F J.P. Kambola 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Yous Mbao 6 0 1 0 0 1 1
UAB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rod Rucker 32 14 8 2 1 1 3
B Jordan Swing 30 14 5 3 1 0 2
C+ Fahro Alihodzic 25 10 4 1 1 1 1
C+ Robert Williams 26 9 6 1 1 0 2
C Terence Jones 28 10 2 4 1 0 3
C Preston Purifoy 22 7 3 1 1 0 2
C Jekore Tyler 13 7 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Quincy Taylor 18 3 2 3 1 0 2
D+ Isiah Jones 12 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Karl Moton 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A. Scotland-Williamson 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
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