|Marshall||E Pittman 16.3||D Tinnon 9.1||D Kane 7.1|
|Tulane||J Davis 17.5||J Davis 10.3||R Tarrant 3.5|
Marshall battles Tulane in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament at Bank of Oklahoma Center on Wednesday. Tipoff occurs at 9:30 p.m. EST. The Thundering Herd lost to the Green Wave 91-75 on Feb. 6 and are 5-2 against them over the last four years.
In their last game on Mar. 9, Robert Goff put up 27 points and six rebounds for the Thundering Herd in a loss to East Carolina, 86-79. In addition to his 4.9 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.6 rebounds per game. The Green Wave were defeated by Houston 96-94 on Mar. 9 despite 22 points and eight rebounds from Kendall Timmons. He is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, Tulane appears to have an edge in one significant area, scoring, where the Green Wave have the upper hand over the Thundering Herd, 80.1 points per game to 69.2 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Tulane is strong in the following categories: free throw rate at 46.3 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.8.
- Marshall has more wins over the last 5 years than Tulane (111 vs. 85).
- Over the past 10 years, Marshall has had more players drafted by the NBA than Tulane (one vs. zero).
- Marshall has an average margin of victory of 7 over Tulane in eight wins since 2005.
- Marshall is better under pressure, and has defeated Tulane in four out of the last five games decided by five points or fewer.
- D.D. Scarver is ranked 5th in Conference USA in three-pointers.
- The Marshall assist leader (DeAndre Kane, 192 assists) has more assists than the Tulane assist leader (Ricky Tarrant, 104 assists).
- Marshall has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (57.2 percent to 44.4 percent).
- Marshall has a stronger schedule than Tulane this season (SOS Rank: No. 115 vs. No. 235).
- Nigel Spikes is ranked 8th in Conference USA in rebounds and 3rd in Conference USA in blocks.
- Marshall attacks the glass, with more rebounds (38.1 per game vs. 33.2 per game) than Tulane this season.