Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
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Watch Marshall vs. West Virginia online

Watch Marshall vs. West Virginia online

The game will be aired on TBS.

And Marshall's star player is a prolific scorer.

Jevon Carter's solid all-around effort helped pace No. 5 seed West Virginia to a 85-68 win over No. 12 Murray State in the East Region on Friday afternoon. Those 27 points tied a program record.

Logan Routt came off the bench and played the best 16 minutes of his career, going 3-3 from the field and 1-1 from the charity stripe for 7 points and grabbed four rebounds. "They are a very good free throw shooting team". And it is not like WVU has not fared well against offenses like this.

When Huggins' postgame news conference ended Friday, it was clear he understood the recent perceived bitterness between the programs would be revisited and took the time, unprompted, to address the relationship between his staff with D'Antoni's and downplay the contentiousness of the in-state rivalry.

However, both have struggled offensively of late.

Oklahoma's average possession lasts exactly 14 seconds. That last part they aren't bashful either taking an average of just over 28 attempts per game from three, placing them just outside the top ten nationally in that category.

It was much of the same in the second meeting. Teana Muldrow led the winners with 20 points and eight rebounds. Young did score 32 points, but he had six turnovers and a season-low one assist. The college basketball odds for the game have the Mountaineers favored to pick up the victory here. We have been blessed to see @herbie_johnson3 and @probound5 play AND graduate from Murray State!

After triggering Marshall's first-ever NCAA tournament victory, Jon Elmore enjoyed the well-wishing tweets from some better-known point guards, Chris Paul and D'Angelo Russell.

WVU has faced members from the Ohio Valley Conference in the past, posting a 6-1 mark against current members - Eastern Kentucky (2-1), Morehead State (3-0), and Tennessee Tech (1-0).

WVU wants to defend Elmore similarly to how it honed in on Stark. In fact, it was his perhaps the roughest outing of his two years as a Racer.

Scouting Marshall: Because of his passing skills, Elmore presents a tougher challenge than did Murray State's Stark.

Esa Ahmad went for 12 points after scoring five points in the previous two games combined. Stark, who averages 21.8 PPG, tied his season-low with just nine points on 1-for-12 shooting and 1-for-10 from three.

Marci Crouch is a master's student at Murray State. They were everything we thought they would be. "But we just executed the gameplan to perfection basically". WVU will likely advance to the Sweet 16 but Marshall will give the Mountaineers all they can handle. "He's a 40% three-point shooter and for some reason they didn't believe us". I think it should be played.

The Mountaineers are confident in their system, and they have every right to be. "And I was impressed with their defense".

WVU has made 10 trips to the Sweet 16, including past year.

A win for the Mountaineers would mean its third Sweet Sixteen appearance in the past four years. They haven't disappointed with that opportunity despite their tournament inexperience, especially in comparison to West Virginia who has won 19 of their last 30 NCAA games. We work on our press a lot.

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