BONUS GAME THREAD: FAU @ Marshall - March 9, 2019
What: Florida Atlantic (17-13, 8-9) @ Marshall (17-13, 10-7)
When: Saturday, March 9th @ 12:00 PM Eastern
Where: Cam Henderson Center
Series: The Owls have lost six straight to the Herd, falling 2-7 all-time, including the 96-84 loss in January.
Radio: ESPN 106.3
Marshall Team Site: Here
Thundering Herd at a Glance:
Offense – 80.5 PPG, 44% FG, 34% 3PT
Defense – 82.2 PPGA, 47% FGA, 36% 3PTA
Rebounding - 33.2 PG, 42.7 PG Opponents
Marshall enters Saturday's game winners of four straight, good for a 100% win rate in C-USA Bonus Play. Marshall has scored 85 or more points in each game during their win streak.
MU Head Coach Dan D'Antoni runs a very similar offense to his younger brother, Houston Rockets Head Coach Mike D'Antoni, both of whom are known for their offensive style of basketball. The schemes are based around aggressive guard play and a fast-paced offense. In fact, the Herd have the second most PPG in C-USA.
Guard Jon Elmore is now the all time leading scorer in C-USA history. The Senior was named to the Preseason John R. Wooden Award Watch List, and has not disappointed by averaging 20 PPG. FAU struggled to contain Elmore in January, as he scored 29 points to go along with 7 assists.
Marshall's second leading scorer is veteran G C.J. Burks (18 PPG). FAU's young backcourt will have their hands full with Burks, as he ranks 5th in C-USA in steals. The Martinsburg, West Virginia native scored 30 points and had 6 assists against the Owls earlier in the season.
The third member of Marshall's electric backcourt is true freshmen Taevion Kinsey. The young guard has a rather mature offensive game for his age, shooting 58% from the field.
Owls at a Glance:
Offense – 71.3 PPG, 41% FG, 33% 3PT
Defense - 68.1 PPGA, 41% FGA, 32% 3PTA
Rebounding - 40.0 PG, 35.5 PG Opponents
The Owls look to get back on track after a heart-breaker in The Burrow against Louisiana Tech.
A win in Huntington will allow the Owls to finish the regular season with a .500 conference record for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.
Earlier in the year, the Owls fought hard against Marshall, scoring 84 points, but came up short. The 84 points was the third highest point total vs. an D-I opponent this season, and the highest point total in a loss since 2016.
While he has struggled recently to get on the score sheet, Michael Forrest's strongest offensive performance was agains the Herd where he scored 32 points.
F Karlis Silins continues to be one of C-USA's late season stars. In 28 minutes of action against Louisiana Tech, Silins scored a season high 19 points and 6 rebounds. The Owls will need his production inside to take the pressure off their inconsistent perimeter shooting.
The Owls will need big contributions from their veteran leaders, G Anthony Adger and F Xavian Stapleton. Adger was able to get back on track against LaTech, scoring 19 points after being held scoreless against North Texas. Stapleton responded well after being placed in the starting lineup against LaTech, scoring 16 points. Both will need big days to keep up against MU's
Opening Line: FAU +7
We have 30 minutes until tipoff from the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, WV. Don't forget to send us your 🔥 HOTTEST 🔥 takes while watching the game.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 9, 2019
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#FAU 11 - #Marshall 0 | 15:08 1H— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 9, 2019
HOW ABOUT THIS START FOR THE OWLS!?!? The Herd are 0-7 from the field while Forrest has five points from two straight buckets. The last came from a floated setup by a gorgeous hesitation move.
Refs gave an F-1 to Maitre after he tried to defend a layup. Here comes the home cookin' 🙄🙄— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 9, 2019
The refs are really making sure that they protect their precious defending champions.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 9, 2019
Elmore drives his arm into Forrest to push off. So naturally the Forrest gets called for his third foul.
The Herd are now in the bonus.
#Marshall 47 - #FAU 44 | 12:06 2H— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) March 9, 2019
Marshall finally gets called for a foul, as Adger did a fantastic job to force the charge. And the home fans boo.
LOL yes Marshall, you’re not always supposed to get your way.