Marshall will make its first ever trip to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the No. 3 Orange on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Thundering Herd, 2-0 on the road for the first time since 1999, will attempt to improve to 3-0 away from home for the first time since 1996.
Marshall (5-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, 70-68 to Ohio on Wednesday. Preseason Conference USA First Team member DeAndre Kane leads the Herd in scoring with 15.8 points per game. Junior forward Dennis Tinnon, coming off a 12 point, 14 rebound performance over Ohio, leads the Herd with 9.7 rebounds on the season.
Even in the loss, Marshall outrebounded the Bobcats 36-35 and has yet to be outrebounded by an opponent this season. The Herd leads Conference USA and ranks ninth in the nation in rebounds with 41.7 per game. Tinnon’s mark of 9.7 ranks fourth in the conference and 33rd nationally while his field goal percentage of .656 leads the conference and ranks 22nd nationally.
No. 3 Syracuse (8-0) will be the highest ranked team Marshall has played since a meeting with No. 2 Memphis on Jan. 12, 2008. The Herd is winless in 16 tries against top five teams, but has won its last two games against teams from the Big East Conference. Marshall won at Cincinnati 73-69 in overtime earlier this season and beat No. 21 West Virginia 68-60 in Charleston on Jan. 20 last season.
This will be the second ever meeting between the two teams with the lone meeting resulting in a 46-44 Marshall win on Dec. 30, 1947 at the Los Angeles Invitational in California.
Syracuse is coming off a 72-68 win over No. 10 Florida on Friday. The Orange is led in scoring for the second consecutive season by 6-7 senior forward Kris Joseph. A third-team All-Big East member last season, Joseph’s 14.6 points per game lead Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters who also average double-figures at 12.1 and 10.6, respectively. Last season, Syracuse earned its 34th berth to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round before losing to Marquette, 66-62. The Orange returned four starters from last year’s team that went 27-8, 12-6 in the Big East.