Tonight, the Herd has its hands full with the defending Mid-American Conference champion Zips and 6-foot-7 Demetrius Treadwell. The MAC tournament MVP last March, he's averaging 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Just as impressive is the Zips' 3-point shooting - they average eight makes per game and shoot 43.5 percent. Marshall has given up 18 3-point goals over its last two games in 43 attempts, 41.9 percent.
The Zips, who suffered their own disaster at South Carolina (78-45 on Dec. 28), are coming off a 77-66 win over Coppin State.
"Treadwell, he can play the post, drive from the perimeter and he's a rebounder," said MU coach Tom Herrion. "They space the floor, shoot the 3s. When Treadwell's in there, he deserves a lot of attention, but they have a lot of weapons and can hurt you with the 3-ball."
Marshall returns home for its last non-conference game, playing Presbyterian at 2 p.m. Sunday.
BRIEFLY: DeVince Boykins, who injured his back in the South Carolina game, is a game-time decision, as is Tamron Manning and Cheikh Sane. Manning and Sane played 15 and 17 minutes, respectively, with Sane scoring two points and Manning getting blanked. ... Tonight's game is a return bout of Akron's Jan. 1, 2012 visit to Huntington, a real stinker of a 67-51 loss by the Herd. ... Otherwise, the Herd leads the all-time series 11-10.
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