The Marshall Men’s Basketball team looks to remain perfect on the young season as it continues its season-opening five-game homestand with a game Thursday night at 7 against Campbell and Sunday afternoon at 4 against Jackson State.
The Herd is coming off of a Monday night 80-58 win over Milligan. Marshall senior guard Taevion Kinsey led all scorers in the contest with 21 points. He was joined in double figures by Obinna Anochili-Killen with 12 points and Marko Sarenac with 11 points.
Despite the 22-point margin, Marshall Head Coach Dan D’Antoni wasn’t totally pleased with his team’s performance against Milligan and he says the remainder of the homestand, which includes a game next week against Louisiana, will be a challenge.
“We’ve got three tough ones coming up,” D’Antoni said. “These games should be fun and entertaining for the fans.”
Campbell arrives in Huntington with a 2-1 record and plenty of confidence after a solid performance last Saturday in a 67-56 loss at #9 Duke. The Camels only trailed the Blue Devils by six points with just over 7 minutes to play. Ricky Clemons and Cedric Henderson led the Camels with 18 points each.
The Camels performance impressed Duke’s Hall of Fame Head Coach, Mike Krzyzewski.
“That was really a good basketball game,” Krzyzewski said. “They are really a well-coached, disciplined team. That could be a first-round NCAA tournament game tonight. They are disciplined deep into the shot clock. That doesn’t happen with a lot of teams. These guys know how to play basketball.”
Campbell has wins over William Peace and Hartford. They’re led by Head Coach Kevin McGeehan, who is in his 9th season at the Buies Creek, North Carolina school, which is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Marshall has won the only game played against Campbell, a 105-66 win in the 2019-2020 season.
Jackson State is off to an 0-3 start on the season, with road losses to #11 Illinois, Conference USA member Louisiana Tech and California Baptist. The Tigers won’t play their first home game of the season until December 29th, when they host Southeastern Baptist College.
The Tigers, who belong to the Southwest Athletic Conference, are led by Head Coach Wayne Brent, who is in his 9th season on the job.
Marshall is 2-0 all-time against JSU, with the last game played in Huntington last December 22nd, an 88-67 Herd victory.
Taevion Kinsey continues to lead Marshall in scoring at 21.5 points per game in two contests. Three other Herd players are averaging in double figures–junior guard Andrew Taylor and sophomore Obinna Anochili-Killen (11.5 ppg) and freshman forward Aymeric Toussaint (10.5 ppg). Anochili-Killen leads all Marshall rebounders with 7.5 per game.
D’Antoni says preparing for three games within seven days doesn’t worry him because it’s common in the early days of most seasons.
“Most of my coaching regards how we play, not who we play,” D’Antoni said.
Note–Marshall was originally scheduled to host Jackson State Sunday at 2 pm, but the game time was moved to 4 pm in order to not conflict with the Marshall Men’s Soccer team, who will be hosting an NCAA 2nd round tournament game starting at 1 pm at Hoops Family Field.