West Virginia (13-5, 4-2) is going to take a break from the conference portion of its schedule to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd (13-4, 4-0) in the annual Capital Classic.
Marshall is currently in first place in Conference USA and is coming off a big victory against conference foe Central Florida and former MU head coach Donnie Jones. Second year head coach Tom Herrion has done a solid job of building the program.
One of the reasons Marshall has gotten off to a great start is because of its rebounding ability. The Thundering Herd is ranked third in the nation in rebounding averaging 42.9 rebounds per game. That’s one aspect of the Herd’s game that WVU head coach Bob Huggins is concerned about.
((Below is an interview with WVU head coach Bob Huggins))
“They’re probably the best we’ve seen to this point,” said Huggins about Marshall’s rebounding ability.
“They get there all of the time,” continued Huggins on Marshall. “It’s kind of what I say to our guys all of the time. If you get there you’re going to get some. If you don’t get there then you’re probably not going to get any and they get there all of the time.”
Last year, Marshall defeated West Virginia 75-71 and it was big for both the program and for Herrion’s career. Huggins has been impressed with what the second year head coach has accomplished in Huntington.
“I think he’s done a great job with the players that were there and adding really what they needed,” explained Huggins. “I think they’ve done a great job recruiting those inside guys.”
The Mountaineers will see many of the players Herrion recruited at the Charleston Civic Center. This will be the second time the Mountaineers will play in Charleston this season and Huggins says it’s one of his favorite places to coach.
“We’ve had great crowds there,” said Huggins. “I think we’ve sold it out just about every time we’re there,” said Huggins. “I think it kind of brings us a little bit closer to a large portion of our fan base.”
Coverage of tonight’s match up against the Thundering Herd in the Capital Classic against Marshall begins on the MetroNews radio Network with an extended Coliseum Countdown beginning at 6:06 and tipoff is set for 7:30. Check WVMetroNews.com after the game for complete post-game coverage.