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Some things people are saying about Marshall Thundering Herd basketball. ...

Oct. 07, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Some things people are saying about Marshall Thundering Herd basketball. ...

"Conference USA is pretty wide open this season in terms of who will finish in second place behind the Memphis Tigers. Of the candidates, the Marshall Thundering Herd enter the season with the most talent." -- TheSportsBank.net.

"Marshall's DeAndre Kane can put up huge amounts of points in a hurry, and is someone the Herd can always rely on to put the ball in the hoop. Dennis Tinnon should average a double-double for the second consecutive season." -- Bleacher Report.com.

"Several NBA scouts will zero in on Marshall's Dennis Tinnon during the upcoming season. 12 games last season with 12 rebounds or more." -- Jon Rothstein, a New York-based College Basketball Insider for MSG Network, CBS Sports Network, and CBSSports.com.

"Kane is the star for certain, but he's got plenty of help. Tinnon is one of the most relentless rebounders in the country, (Nigel) Spikes is healthy and as long as (Chris) Martin and (Kareem) Canty can be effective running the team, there's no reason to think Marshall shouldn't be right behind Memphis in the C-USA race." -- Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com.

"Marshall's Kareem Canty will be one of the best freshman point guards in the country. He has feel, vision and can get in the paint." -- Seth Greenberg, ESPN Insider.

GETTING STARTED: It says here that Marshall has what it takes to give Conference USA preseason favorite Memphis all it wants. Practice begins Friday with Thundering Herd Madness at 8 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center, an event where fans will see Marshall has all the key elements.

If you attend Friday night, you'll see:

A bigger, stronger and better conditioned Marshall team.

The star power of Dre Kane and Dennis Tinnon.

Chris Martin and Kareem Canty's competition for point guard playing time.

Flexibility, with players able to play multiple positions.

Size, with seven players from 6-foot-8 to 7-2.

Junior college transfers D.D. Scarver and Elijah Pittman in action.

And, hopefully, better free throw shooting.

Thundering Herd Madness is a Tip-Off Club fundraiser and admission is $5. Marshall students get in free with a valid student ID.

Tickets for the basketball event are also good for a Marshall volleyball match against Rice that begins at 5:30 p.m.

FREE TICKETS: Marshall head coach Tom Herrion gave away two season tickets Sept. 20 on Twitter.

Herrion posted, "The next follower that stops by my office and can tell me who we beat in the 3 OT thriller at the C-USA tourney will win two basketball season tickets for the upcoming season. You can't win if you work in the Henderson Center. Stop by to win."

Travis Burdette correctly guessed Tulsa, and won the tickets.

THANKS, BUT: With the exception of spelling his name wrong, the website Recruit Dirt.com gave Marshall assistant coach Mark Cline some nice recognition.

Recruit Dirt ranked assistant coaches in various conferences based on which team got the best recruits.

C-USA Rankings

1. Mark Kline, Marshall

2. Ronnie Hamilton, Houston

3. Darren Tillis, UCF

4. Damon Stoudemire, Memphis

5. Robert Ehsan, UAB

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Herd sophomore forward Jamir Hanner will blowing out candles on Friday. Thundering Herd Madness is on his 21st birthday.

Sports editor Rick McCann covers Marshall men's basketball for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or hedge@herald-dispatch.com.

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