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Marshall Thundering Herd (11-21)


Thu. 2/26 Sat. 2/28 Thu. 3/5 Sat. 3/7 Wed. 3/11
vs. FIU 
W 87-69
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vs. FlaAtl 
W 79-63
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@ ODU 
L 50-67
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@ Char 
L 73-86
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@ WestKy 
L 45-59
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Western Kentucky defeats Marshall 59-45 in 1st C-USA tourney

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Ben Lawson converted a three-point play as fifth-seeded Western Kentucky began a 10-0 run to break away from No. 12 seed Marshall and claim a 59-45 victory Wednesday night in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament.

They were Lawson's only points but came at a handy time, with 6:56 remaining, after Marshall had closed to 46-41 on a Vince DeBoykin layup.

Western Kentucky (20-11) will play fourth-seeded UAB (16-15) Thursday. The Hilltoppers, playing in their first Conference USA tournament, notched their 43rd 20-win season and must win four games in four days to make the NCAA tourney, a feat the Hilltoppers accomplished in 2012 and 2013 in the Sun Belt.

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Leaders
Points: R. Taylor14.1
Rebounds: R. Taylor8.6
Assists: A. Nikolic3.5
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: R. Taylor69.8%
3P%: A. Loop39.3%
Steals: A. Nikolic1.1
Blocks: J. Kambola1.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin35-3
4 Duke33-4
5 Arizona34-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-3
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky38-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin35-3
4 Arizona34-4
5 Duke33-4
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga35-3
8 Notre Dame32-6
9 UNI31-4
10 Iowa State25-9
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Conference USA Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Louisiana Tech 15-3 27-9
Old Dominion 13-5 27-7
UTEP 13-5 22-11
Western Kentucky 12-6 20-12
UAB 12-6 20-16
Middle Tennessee 9-9 19-17
FIU 8-10 16-17
UTSA 8-10 14-16
North Texas 8-10 14-17
Rice 8-10 12-20
Charlotte 7-11 14-18
Marshall 7-11 11-21
Southern Miss 4-14 9-20
Florida Atlantic 2-16 9-20
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 66.8 (195)
Rebounds: 11.2 (135)
Assists: 12.9 (149)
FG%: 40.1% (312)
FT%: 64.8% (319)
3P%: 31.6% (289)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 71.5 (298)
Rebounds: 26.2 (20)
Assists: 13.8 (295)
FG%: 42.7% (163)
FT%: 63.4% (3)
3P%: 32.0% (63)
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