N. Texas looks to end streak vs Marshall
Marshall (15-13, 8-7) vs. North Texas (20-9, 8-8)
The Super Pit, Denton, Texas; Sunday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Marshall looks to extend North Texas’s conference losing streak to six games. North Texas’ last CUSA win came against the Marshall Thundering Herd 78-51 on Feb. 7. Marshall beat Louisiana Tech by 11 on the road in its last outing.
SUPER SENIORS: Marshall’s Jon Elmore, C.J. Burks and Rondale Watson have combined to account for 57 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 54 percent of all Thundering Herd points over the last five games.
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Elmore has had his hand in 43 percent of all Marshall field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 19 field goals and 15 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Marshall is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 69 points and 15-5 when scoring at least 69.
UNBEATEN WHEN: Marshall is a perfect 5-0 when it turns the ball over nine times or fewer. The Thundering Herd are 10-13 when they record more than nine turnovers. The North Texas defense has created 13.2 turnovers per game in CUSA play and 14 per game over its last five.
PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Marshall offense has averaged 76.4 possessions per game, the fifth-most in Division I. North Texas has not been as uptempo as the Thundering Herd and is averaging only 66.8 possessions per game (ranked 285th, nationally).