Thundering Herd prepares for C-USA Bonus Play


Richard Crank

7,687 fans, mostly clad in green and white, look on during the first half of Marshall’s 70-69 win over WKU.

Following its crucial win against Middle Tennessee Saturday afternoon, the Marshall men’s basketball team is sitting in the seventh seed in pod two for conference Bonus Play. 

Marshall (14-13, 7-7 C-USA) is set to take on its revenge game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (17-10, 7-7 C-USA) on Feb. 28th at 7:30 p.m. 

The conference Bonus Play pod determinations followed all C-USA games Saturday afternoon. Louisiana Tech had its defended its home court against UTEP and UTSA, finishing in the tenth seed. The Herd has to hit the road to Ruston, Louisiana, once again to better its chances for finishing at the top of pod two in order to have a better seed in the conference tournament.

With North Texas falling to FIU and FAU, it drops into the second pod with Marshall sitting in the sixth seed. Marshall lost to North Texas in the regular season and will now have to travel back to Denton, Texas, for its rematch with the Mean Green.

As for the rest of conference, Old Dominion, WKU, Southern Miss, UTSA and UAB all finished at the top of the first pod and are the top five seeds. 

Pod two consists of North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Louisiana Tech, along with the Thundering Herd.

The third pod consists of the four lowest seeds in the conference: Rice, Middle Tennessee, UTEP
and Charlotte.

Saturday, Feb. 23rd begins the Conference USA bonus play for all teams. WKU will start its first bonus game play at Old Dominion. UAB will travel to Southern Miss, FIU hits the road to Florida Atlantic, Charlotte heads to Middle Tennessee, North Texas takes flight to Louisiana Tech and Rice travels to UTEP.

Following all of the first-round games on Thursday, Feb. 28th, WKU will travel to UAB. Marshall will head to Louisiana Tech, Florida Atlantic travels to North Texas, and Old Dominion will finish the day at UTSA.

All teams must play four games during the five remaining conference scheduling dates in order to determine its final seeding. 

The top ten teams in C-USA have already clinched spots in the conference tournament. Rice and Middle Tennessee have a two-game lead over the bottom two teams for the two remaining spots in the conference tournament

After all bonus games are played, the Herd will find out its destiny in the conference tournament. It can finish anywhere between the sixth and tenth seed. The Herd has already secured its spot in Frisco, Texas. 

Taylor Huddleston can be contacted at [email protected].