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Rick McCann: Can Amayo fill void at point guard for Herd?

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 11:25 PM

Two players who won't be on the court Saturday when Marshall's Thundering Herd plays 11th-ranked Cincinnati are Dre Kane and Kelvin Amayo.

Kane won't play, and is out indefinitely, as the result of a hand injury. Marshall head coach Tom Herrion isn't providing specifics about the injury that sidelined his leading scorer (15.0 average) who is also ranked third in the nation with 8.5 assists per game.

Amayo is an academic non-qualifier who enrolled at Marshall in January and doesn't become eligible until after the fall semester ends Tuesday, provided he makes the grades.

Some Marshall fans seem to think Amayo is the answer to a need at the point guard position, especially now that Kane is out, and he might prove to be that. But, without any practice time he can't be expected to work miracles.

Amayo's first game action might be Wednesday against Savannah State.

Marshall's point guards for the time being are Chris Martin and Tamron Manning with DeVince Boykins getting the call if needed.

BAD SCHEDULING: Marshall and Cincinnati clash at 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Charleston Civic Center. Meanwhile, Marshall also has a 2 p.m. women's game against the Ohio Bobcats in Cam Henderson Center.

It's too bad Marshall forced its fans to choose between games. You have to think better scheduling could have been arranged.

RAZOR'S EDGE: University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono might be secretly wishing for a Marshall victory.

Ono pledged to have his head shaved if UC won 10 straight games in either football or basketball, Cincinnati.com reported. Ono escaped the razor with the Bearcats going 9-3 in football.

The Bearcats enter Saturday's basketball game at 9-0.

WHERE'S THE BAND?: This is NCAA Division I where schools have pep bands playing at their games. It's part of creating a big-time atmosphere.

Well, most schools anyway.

Marshall's band was a no-show for a Saturday home game. Wonder if they'll show for the game in Charleston? My guess is they won't be there, and I hope to be wrong.

It's a pretty dull atmosphere without a band.

That recorded junk played on the public address system just isn't the same.

PRE-GAME: A Tip-Off Club tailgate is scheduled beginning at noon, Saturday, at the Charleston Civic Center. Admission is $10 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be open.

RSVP to Teddy Kluemper at 304-696-3401 or teddy.kluemper@marshall.edu.

WHAT'S FLAGRANT?: Fans might have been confused by some flagrant violations called against Elijah Pittman in the Coppin State game and Rob Goff in the West Virginia game.

Following is an attempt to explain NCAA rules concerning flagrant fouls:

Flagrant 1 personal foul: A personal foul that is deemed excessive in nature and/or unnecessary, but not based solely on the severity of the act. This was previously called an intentional foul.

PENALTY: Two free throws and the ball awarded to the offended team at a designated spot nearest to where the foul occurred.

Flagrant 2 personal foul: A personal foul that involves contact with an opponent that is not only excessive, but also severe or extreme while the ball is live.

PENALTY: Two free throws and the ball awarded to the offended team at a designated spot nearest to where the foul occurred.

Flagrant 2 technical foul: Can be either contact or noncontact.

PENALTY: Offender is ejected. Ball is awarded to the offended team at a designated spot nearest to where the foul occurred.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Herd forward Dennis Tinnon who turned 24 on Sunday and to guard DeVince Boykins who will be 20 on Monday.

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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