IU basketball: Marshall at Indiana game day essentials

Game Day Essentials

Marshall Thundering Herd (4-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (5-0)

  • Tip Time: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Television: Big Ten Network (Wayne Randazzo and Trent Meacham)
  • Stream:  Fox Sports Live
  • Radio:  IU Radio Network
  • Point Spread: Indiana is around an 11-point favorite
  • KenPom Projected Score:  No. 32 Indiana 82, No. 115 Marshall 69
  • Series: Indiana leads 3-0, last meeting — IU 91, MAR 67 (Dec. 27, 1990 in Indianapolis)


Marshall also defeated Jackson State, 80-66 and Louisiana, 93-79.

The game will mark Marshall’s first journey away from their home court.  They also claim wins over Wright State and Milligan and lost to KenPom No. 167 Campbell.



Coach Dan D’Antoni is in his eighth year of leading his alma mater.  He has a 132-100 record at Marshall and led the Herd to the 2017-18 NCAA Tournament second round.  D’Antoni became the first coach in Marshall hoops history to improve his team’s win total each of the first four seasons at the helm: 11 to 17 to 20 to 25.

Here’s an interesting fun fact:  Mike Woodson and Dan D’Antoni were both assistant coaches for the 2011-12 New York Knicks working under D’Antoni’s brother Mike.  Woodson became the head coach of the Knick in March of that season and both D’Antonis moved on.


First and foremost Marshall plays fast offensively.  They have the No. 2 adjusted tempo in the nation and the No. 2 shortest average possession length at 13.9 seconds per trip.  Thus far Marshall is not shooting 3-pointers well, making just 24.1 percent of their attempts (No. 344 nationally).  On 2-pointers they’ve made 57.6 percent, good for No. 25.

Despite playing fast, Marshall takes care of the ball.  Their 15.7 percent turnover rate comes in at No. 40.  Their fast pace helps them draw a lot of fouls and get to the line.

Defensively Marshall has struggled to guard the 3-point line, allowing teams to make 39.5 percent from deep which comes in at No. 328 nationally.  They guard twos much better at 42.5 percent (No. 33), and that is fueled by the No. 6 block rate at 21.6 percent.  Their aggressive defensive style has led to an 11.5 percent steal rate, which ranks No. 63.

Overall the Herd have the No. 90 offense in terms of adjusted efficiency, and the No. 163 defense.

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