Fellow Senegalese native Yous Mbao has four field goals on 22 attempts in his 54 career games. He is 11 of 25 from the line and fouls at the rate of once every 4.4 minutes. If you get one block and a couple of altered shots out of him, you're coming out ahead.
When Sane comes out - he's surely not going to play 40 minutes - Goard must muscle-up with the big dudes. Considering that 6-11 juco signee Henry Uwadiae has played 30 minutes in 13 games so far with Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College, Goard likely will make a career out of it.
Alice Lloyd is the second of Marshall's three non-Division I opponents, something we thought went the way of the Donnie Jones era. Jones had eight such opponents in his three seasons in Huntington, including Rio Grande all three seasons - and very grating, twice in February.
With athletic director Mike Hamrick reserving a role in scheduling, I didn't expect this. But I didn't expect Marshall to play Savannah State home-and-home (as it did in Herrion's first year, 2010-11).
Some reminders: (a) Scheduling is the most torturous chore in coaching and (b) Conference USA is likely moving from 16 to 18 league games for 2014-15, which hampered the pursuit of home-and-home games for this season.
So Herd fans, sit back, relax and watch your team get well against Alice Lloyd. But remember, MU still will be 3-6 against Division I opponents heading into its home game Saturday against 5-3 Arkansas State.
And finally, you ask, where in the world is Pippa Passes? It's deep in the eastern Kentucky mountains and you must really point you car there. Otherwise, that's your Google Maps assignment for the day.
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