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Men’s Basketball: Western Kentucky @ Marshall 

Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

T.J. Price, Point Guard, #52– Price is arguably the best player in C-USA. The senior point guard leads the conference in scoring at 17.7 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting while also averaging 3.7 attempts per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Price is marksman from deep as he ranks second in the conference in three pointers made (behind Marshall’s own Austin Loop) and third in three-point percentage at 42.4 percent. Price has been in a shooting slump, however, and has gone just 2-16 from three the past two games. Price has been a prolific scorer throughout his college career averaging more than 15 PPG in each of the past three seasons. He thrives as an off the dribble shot creator, using his size at 6-foot-4-inch, 215 pounds to create space and get into the paint.

George Fant, Forward, #44– Although standing at just 6-feet-6-inches, Fant is a load of a man inside at 250 pounds. Fant uses his stalky frame to punish opponents in the paint and gobble up rebounds. He ranks 15th in the conference in scoring at 13.7 PPG on 52.2 percent shooting. Fant is an inside scorer through and through. He has the fifth-most two-point field goals in the conference and no three-point attempts this season. On the glass, Fant is tied with Ryan Taylor for second in the conference in rebounding at 8.8 per game, but he feasts on put back opportunities with a conference-leading 3.6 offensive boards per game. Similar to Price, the senior forward has been a productive scorer throughout his collegiate tenure as he has averaged double-digit scoring in all of his four seasons.

Tennis: #66 University of Louisville @ Marshall

Friday at 5 p.m.

Jessie Lynn Paul– Paul is a perfect 8-0 during singles play in the spring season for the Cardinals. Paul is 5-0 playing as the four seed this season and 3-0 as a three seed. In the team’s most recent meet against St. Louis, Paul won in straight sets (6-3, 6-0) while playing as the three seed. She also partnered with Ellie Gerlach in doubles where the teammates scored a 6-0 win. Paul recently collected singles victories against Pittsburgh (6-1, 6-4) and Xavier (6-2, 1-6, 6-3) as the team’s four seed.

Tennis: #72 University of Minnesota  @ Marshall

Sunday at 11 a.m.

Aria Lambert– Lambert is 4-1 in singles and 2-2 in doubles play during the spring. In the team’s most recent match against Oregon, Lambert captured a singles victory in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) playing as the five seed. Lambert also picked up a singles win as the five seed against 59th ranked Boston College Jan. 25. She has wins in straight sets against Milwaukee and North Dakota since the calendar flipped to 2015, while her only loss was against North Carolina, who is ranked third nationally.

Track: Huntington Invitational

Men’s Teams: Marshall, Morehead State, UNC Asheville, Duquesne, Wofford, #12 Virginia Tech

Women’s Teams: Marshall, Ohio, Radford, Morehead State, Duquesne, Wofford, Virginia Tech, UNC Asheville

Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m.

Men’s: Manuel Ziegler, #12 Virginia Tech– In the team’s meet last weekend, Ziegler earned a second-place finish in the triple jump after setting a season best mark of 16.25 meters. Ziegler is one of the best triple jump competitors in the country, ranking in the top five nationally.

Women’s: Janiece Rose, Ohio University– The rival Bobcats return to Huntington after a season-opening duel earlier this season where Rose won the weight throw competition. The senior scored a toss of 16.64 meters to win the event.

Bradley Heltzel can be contacted at [email protected]

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