Dallas Colleges: Marshall Thundering Herd

Conference USA basketball preview

October, 24, 2012
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for Conference USA, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:

Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in C-USA:

East Carolina

Southern Miss
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More Conference USA content:

-- Andy Katz with five things he can't wait to see in Conference USA
-- John Gasaway answers five burning questions for the league Insider
-- Eamonn Brennan's Three Big Things on Memphis
-- Brennan on the improved shot of Memphis' Adonis Thomas and Myron Medcalf's five questions for Thomas
-- Brennan rates and analyzes the nonconference schedules of the C-USA
-- Katz on Marshall star DeAndre Kane and the unexpected tragedy he had to face in the offseason
-- Medcalf on how new Tulsa coach Danny Manning is counting on Bill Self's lessons
-- Paul Biancardi identifies the top freshmen and potential recruits in C-USA Insider
-- Katz and Greenberg's conversation with new SMU coach Larry Brown
-- ESPN.com's Summer Shootaround preview of C-USA
-- See where Memphis and Houston ranked in our "50 in 50" series, which attempted to identify the 50 most successful programs of the past half-century
-- For more coverage of Conference USA in the Nation blog, click here.

SMU can't recover after another slow start

February, 19, 2012
DALLAS -- Damier Pitts scored 20 points and Marshall defeated SMU 73-68 on Saturday.

Three other Thundering Herd players were in double figures. DeAndre Kane had 14 points, Nigel Spikes scored 13 and Dennis Tinnon added 12 points for Marshall (16-10, 7-5).

The Thundering Herd never trailed and led by as many as 20 with just over 10 minutes left before the Mustangs rallied, but they couldn't get closer than four points.

SMU (11-16, 2-10), coming off the lowest point total ever in a Conference USA game in Wednesday's 47-28 loss to UAB, also started poorly on Saturday with just 14 points in the first half. SMU scored 39 points in the last 10 minutes on Saturday.

London Giles, who missed the UAB game due to a concussion, returned Saturday and led the Mustangs with 17 points. Jalen Jones scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.

Non-AQ recruiting needs: SMU, TCU

January, 31, 2011
It’s recruiting time among the non-AQ teams. Here’s a look at the position needs for SMU and TCU for the 2011 signing class. I essentially looked at rosters and depth charts to see where teams were losing experienced players and where they could use some help.


Defensive backs: Sterling Moore is gone, and though he missed several games because of injury, when he was on the field he was one of the team’s best players. Chris Banjo is going to be a senior and so are Richard Crawford and Justin Sorrell. The Mustangs definitely need depth here.

Offensive line: The projected starting lineup for 2011 will consist entirely of seniors, including first-team Conference USA lineman Kelvin Beachum. SMU needs improvement in this unit, too. The Mustangs gave up 34 sacks last season, No. 86 in the country.


Secondary: The Horned Frogs take a huge hit in their defensive backfield going into 2011, losing six players on their two-deep, including starters Colin Jones, Tejay Johnson and Alex Ibiloye. Projected starters for 2011 Greg McCoy and Tekerrien Cuba will be seniors.

Defensive line: TCU also loses two senior starters, including Wayne Daniels. It’s three starters if you count Kelly Griffin, who got hurt during the season and was replaced in the lineup.

Offensive line: Four senior starters depart, including center Jake Kirkpatrick and left tackle Marcus Cannon. Plus two projected starters for 2011 will be seniors as well.