Jackson is a solid candidate for C-USA player of the year. He's 13th in the league in scoring (13.8), second in 3-point percentage (.488), fifth in field-goal percentage (.544), fifth in steals (34 , fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54) and sixth in assists (4.44).
And Jackson isn't the only Tiger stealing the ball. The team averages 10 thefts per game, second only to the Marshall-enhanced 12.4 by Southern Miss. Junior-college transfer Geron Johnson is second in the league by average, 1.93 (29 in 15 games).
That will test the Herd's presumed re-emphasis on ball control, needed after the 31 miscues at Southern Miss. It's enough to keep Herrion up all night.
Check that. Herrion doesn't sleep a lot anyway. But he would like to put that nightmare of Wednesday night in Hattiesburg behind him.
"I haven't slept in a while," Herrion said. "That's part of it, we've got to grind through things. We've still got three-quarter of the conference season left. It's one really, really bad loss, we've got to move forward."
Back in Huntington, MU's Big Green Scholarship Foundation is offering new members a chance at two free courtside tickets to the Feb. 2 game against Central Florida. The Big Green was 26 members away from hitting the 3,000 mark for the third straight year.
Current Big Green members will receive two ticket priority points for each new member referral, with no limit. The promotion ends Thursday, and you can call 304-696-3385 or 304-696-4661 for more information.
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