Charlotte 49ers at Marshall Thundering Herd – NCAAM March 5

Charlotte (9-13, 5-9)  at Marshall (13-6, 7-5)

  • Time: 4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
  • Place: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington, WV
  • TV: ESPN+

Opening Tip:

The 49ers continue to struggle as they have lost six in a row and have had two games cancelled in falling into fifth place in CUSA East. The Niners are 0-for-February as their last win came on Jan. 30 when they swept FIU with a 68-65 win in Charlotte.

Marshall has won four out of five and six out of eight as the Thundering Herd is looking to solidify a solid seed in next week’s CUSA Tournament. Marshall is in the third in CUSA East and could finish in second if the Herd takes two from the Niners and ODU falls twice at Western Kentucky.

The Herd has a 7-5 lead in the series and had a six-game win streak in the series end last season with a 77-75 loss to the 49ers.

Vs. The Spread:

Charlotte:

  • The 49ers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the 49ers’ last 7 games
  • The Niners are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games

Marshall:

  • The Thundering Herd checks in at 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in the last 6 Herd-49ers games
  • Marshall is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 at home

Last Time Out:

Charlotte dropped a 77-72 decision at UTEP as the Miners shot 50.8 percent and made 10-of-20 triples. Brice Williams led the 49ers with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Marshall took an important 73-72 win over CUSA West leading UTEP as the Herd split the series with the Mean Green. Andrew Taylor led Marshall with 20 points and Taveion Kinsey netted 18 as the Thundering Herd 10-of-18 three-pointers.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Charlotte U +12 (-108) +550 O 138 (-120)
Marshall -12 (-112) -750 U 138 (+100)

Advantage, Charlotte:

Charlotte 49ers LogoThe 49ers have never hit their stride this season as what is usually a normally reliable defense has faltered all season.

Opponents have shot 44.6 percent and made 153 triples per game as well and the 49ers haven’t been able to force but 12.9 turnovers per game.

Key 49ers Stat:

Jahmir Young (18.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg) leads the 49ers offense as he leads the 49ers in three-three-point shots. He will see a Marshall perimeter defense that allows opponents to net 35.8 percent of their three-balls. Brice Williams and Jhery Matos are also two three-point threats as Williams has made 40.6 percent this season.

X-Factor:

The mindset of the 49ers will be important as they go into an arena where they traditionally haven’t had much success while suffering through an entire month of losses. Jordan Sheppard (11.9 ppg) is a leader and with his experience, he may be a key in leading the 49ers out of their tough struggles.

Advantage, Marshall:

Marshall Thundering Herd LogoThe 49ers cannot match the size and power of Taveion Kinsey (19.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg) who leads Marshall in scoring is tied for the lead in rebounding while shooting 55.8 percent from the floor. The Thundering Herd is at the usual best on the three-point line with Jerod West and Andrew Taylor checking in at 38.5 percent and 41.3 percent from the floor. The 49ers’ give up 35.8 percent from long distance an will be hard-pressed to slow down what is traditionally one of the great three-ball attacks in college basketball.

Key Thundering Herd Stat:

Marshall’s defense is a bit underrated as the offense has been the most prolific entity in the program since Dan D’Antoni came in seven years ago. Jerod West anchors the defense on the perimeter where he has 46 total steals this season while Jannson Williams has 38 blocked shots and Obinna Anochili-Killen has 19. The Herd can lock down the paint, but it’s the opponents’’ three-ball that we mentioned that is most worrisome.

X-Factor:

Getting on the glass tonight or any night going forward is going to be important for Marshall is the Thundering Herd are (-2.4) in rebounding differential. Marshall has outrebounded an opponent only once in the last six games and has not had double figures on the offensive glass in seven games.

Winner: Marshall (-12) 74, Charlotte 60

The Bets
Marshall (-12)
-112
Marshall
-750
OVER 138
-120
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.