Herd men’s basketball opens regular season play
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012 00:11
On Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the Marshall Thundering Herd Men’s Basketball team begins its 2012 regular season campaign with a home matchup against the Longwood University Lancers. The Lancers, from Farmville, Va., are beginning their first season as a member of the Big South Conference.
The Lancers have only been competing in NCAA Division I athletics since 2007, and prior to joining the Big South Conference they were a Division I Independent. Longwood has only one senior on their roster and their tallest player is 6-foot-8. Compare that to Marshall’s three seniors and seven players measuring in at 6-foot-8 or taller.
Herd senior center Nigel Spikes said that while Longwood may not be able to match up height-wise with Marshall, the Lancers are still a good team.
“They’re not a very big team, but they’re very fast, very quick,” Spikes said. “You can never underestimate a team. You have to prepare the right way and take every game very seriously or you may wind up losing.” Spikes’ teammate and fellow big man Yous Mbao said the key for a Marshall victory would be carrying over into game situations what the team has been practicing.
“We’ve got to stick to our plan,” Mbao said. “We work hard every day and we’ve to stick to what we do every day in practice and hopefully it will pay off.”
Spikes said Marshall can not overlook the Lancers.
“Longwood is a team that you can’t sleep on because they have very good players and they’re just as good as everyone else,” Spikes said. “They play hard, play tough, and they play to win.”
Following their Friday night tilt with the Lancers, Marshall will be on the road for four straight games, beginning with a Sunday matinee against Villanova University in Philadelphia.
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