Pittman is Marshall's No. 2 scoring threat. He's long, athletic and runs the floor well. At 6-9, he's explosive to the rim, yet is a decent 3-point shooter, hitting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
It will be a tough defensive assignment for WVU's 6-3 freshman. Yet Pittman will also have to go out and guard Henderson on the perimeter. The Mountaineer is a bouncy, athletic player who seems to be his team's best outside threat. His inexperience, however, could hurt in such an intense environment.
And understand this: West Virginia will absolutely have to guard 6-8 Tinnon, who can pick and pop. The Thundering Herd senior is strong, runs well in transition and rebounds well on both ends of the floor.
Miles, though, has an advantage with his quickness and has been playing more confidently of late. He's second on WVU's team in steals and has a wingspan that could prove troublesome to Tinnon.
Spikes, a senior, presents a strong body who can face you up. Murray can't afford to let the Thundering Herd player get deep in the post position.
Murray, meanwhile, is a long junior who can run and bother shots around the rim. He has a nice, soft shot and will force Spikes to go out and guard him, which should prove interesting.
BENCHES - Marshall will get some bench help from guard Chris Martin and 6-8 Jamir Hanner, who has shown some offensive prowess of late, but WVU's main concern will be 6-9 Robert Goff, who apparently is recovered from a concussion.
The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, might have to deal with a bevy of WVU reserves that could include 6-9 Kilicli, a powerful, yet foul-prone center. Huggins will have Gary Browne, Matt Humphrey, Dom Rutledge, Aaron Brown and Eron Harris at his disposal.
Trying to make a call on this game is almost folly. It should be ugly. It should be tight. It might be a foul-a-palooza.
But if DMX can sing "Rudolph," I can make a call.
In the end, West Virginia wears down Marshall and wins 67-63.
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