HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - If all goes to schedule tonight at Cam Henderson Center, the ball will go up at exactly 7:05 p.m. to start the East Carolina-Marshall game.
By 7:07, the Pirates should have hoisted their first 3-point attempt. Or second, or third.
The Thundering Herd will see one of Conference USA's most free-wheeling offenses tonight, a squad with a dynamic point guard, the league's highest scorer and a bunch of shooters who aren't shy.
They're averaging nearly 79 points and upwards of 24 3-point tries per game, both league highs. As Marshall coach Tom Herrion tells it, those long shots can come from anybody.
"They're a high-octane offensive group, tremendously explosive," he said. "Overall, they're probably the best 3-point-shooting team in the conference in terms of number of guys who can make shots."
The Pirates (11-5, 2-1) have six players who have tried at least 30 from behind the arc, and they've pretty much needed them all to win their last two games - and their first 2-1 start in their 12 seasons playing C-USA basketball.
A week ago, ECU fell behind Central Florida by 17 points with 111/2 minutes to go, then used four bombs to tie the game in regulation. Corvonn Gaines hit the game-winning shot in overtime, giving the Pirates an 88-85 win.
Against Houston on Wednesday, the Pirates used eight 3-pointers in the last 13-plus minutes to not only erase a 10-point lead, but win going away, 89-78.
And just think: By percentage, this team has room for improvement - all those shooters have combined make a league high 7.75 bombs per game, but their 32.7 percent in 3-point shooting ranks the Pirates just eighth.
"I'd thought we'd have a really good shooting team this year, but we haven't shot it like I expected," said ECU coach Jeff Lebo. "We're a little bit streaky. We've had stretches where we've shot it poorly."