A lot of young weapons, too - their top five scorers consist of three sophomores (Joseph Young, Thomas, J.J. Thompson), one redshirt freshman (Jherrod Stiggers) and one true freshman (Danuel House). That's a solid multi-year core for the Cougars' move to a league that is losing its Big East moniker.
Back in C-USA, Young is a very close second in league scoring, trailing East Carolina's Maurice Kemp 17.769 to 17.760. Thomas is close to averaging a double-double with 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, and House averages 12.5 points.
House, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward, has been named the league's rookie of the week three times.
"He has lived up to his billing, and he's a good candidate for freshman of the year," Herrion said. "He's got good size on the wing, versatile, got a smooth shot. He shoots well enough you've got to guard him deep, and then he can take you to the rim."
Marshall (12-16, 5-8) will try to reverse its result of a week ago, a 52-48 home loss to Alabama-Birmingham. The Herd hasn't put together consecutive wins in three months, and hasn't done so against league foes since the 2012 C-USA tournament.
The Herd returns to finish its home season Tuesday against Southern Mississippi, then travels to East Carolina for the regular-season finale March 9.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@ wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.