West Virginia vs. Marshall Live Stream, Prediction, Preview

    West Virginia vs. Marshall online live stream, prediction and game preview. The Mountaineers will host the Thundering Herd in the Charleston Civic Center.

    December 17, 2015

    The West Virginia Mountaineers are ready for another home game in Charleston, W. Va. to welcome the Marshall Thundering Herd to the Charleston Civic Center. Below is the West Virginia vs. Marshall live stream, prediction and game preview.

    West Virginia vs. Marshall Game Preview

    Game Broadcast

    Date: Thursday, Dec. 17
    Game Time: 7 p.m ET
    Venue: Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W. Va.
    Network: ESPNU
    West Virginia vs. Marshall Online Live Stream: Watch ESPN, West Virginia Radio Live Stream

    Why You Need To Care

    No. 20 West Virginia (8-1) were trying to break into the top-10 rankings for the first time since the 2009-10 season, but then they ran into the Virginia Cavaliers, and it ended with the Mountaineers’ first loss of the season, 70-54.

    Bob Huggins’ team bounced back nicely after having its seven-game winning streak broken. The Mountaineers went up against Louisiana-Monroe and won with ease, 100-58.

    Now West Virginia welcomes Marshall (3-6) to the Charleston Civic Center, and all signs point to yet another victory for the Mountaineers.

    The Thundering Herd dropped its first six games of the season. Although, to be fair, Marshall is riding a three-game winning streak right now, having taken down Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and North Carolina Central in the last two weeks.

    Let’s see if the Thundering Herd can steal one in Charleston, WV.

    Why West Virginia Will Win

    If there’s been any MVP of the Mountaineers, it has to be Devin Williams. The junior forward has been lights out, shooting 60.4 percent from the field while dropping 17 points per game. Williams has also been leading the rebound charge, too. He’s pulling down 9.8 boards on a team averaging 41.6 rebounds per game. Williams will need some help from Jonathan Holton, who’s reeling in 7.2 boards per game. While they do the dirty work, Jevon Carter and Tarik Phillip will have to make plays on the defensive end. Both are good for at least two steals per game, and they’ll have to pressure the ball against a Marshall team committing 13.6 turnovers per game.

    Why Marshall Will Win

    One thing the Thundering Herd has going is the five guys averaging double figures. James Kelly and Ryan Taylor are both averaging just more than 16 points per game, and they’ll have to get things started. But Kelly has to shoot better than 11.8 percent from three. If Taylor is going to attack the basket and create passing lanes, Kelly has to be ready and willing to put up in-rhythm jump shots. Both of them will have to protect the ball, but that goes even more so for Stevie Browning, who’s turning it over 3.1 times per game. Don’t telegraph passes and allow West Virginia to shoot the passing lanes. Protect the ball and take smart shots. That’s the only chance Marshall has to win.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Williams is going to be the spark of the Mountaineers once again. He’ll get to the basket and torch the Thundering Herd from down in the paint. Carter will make a few plays on defense and help West Virginia get out into transition, but he’ll also knock down some daggers from the outside. Kelly and Taylor will both get their double figures, but Kelly won’t be reliable from the perimeter, and the Mountaineers will take advantage of his missed threes by securing the glass and piling onto scoring runs.

    West Virginia vs. Marshall Prediction

    Robert Judin:
    West Virginia 84, Marshall 66

    Jordan Cornette: West Virginia 81, Marshall 70

    Line: West Virginia -21, o/u: 162

    Game Notes

    • Fourteen of the last 17 meetings in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, including two overtime contests.
    • Bob Huggins was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2014-15. Huggins has won conference coach of the year honors 11 times in his 33 years as a head coach and won the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award in 2015. He has won national coach of the year honors six times.
    • Junior forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) led Marshall to its third consecutive victory with a career-high 27 points as the Thundering Herd defeated MEAC favorite North Carolina Central, 92-73, on Monday night at Cam Henderson Center. Marshall shot a season-best 54.4 percent from the floor (37-of-68) and turned the ball over just nine times. Taylor converted 10-of-12 from the field and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line with three rebounds, three blocks and three steals.


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