From Wire and Staff reports
Marshall released its 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule Tuesday, and there are several local and university connections with the opponents.
The Thundering Herd will host Concord University, coached by Wyoming East alumnus Kent McBride, in an exhibition game Oct. 28.
The regular season will begin Nov. 8 when the Herd hosts South Carolina State.
Among the bigger games on the schedule is a Dec. 5 game at Vanderbilt. Former Marshall associate sports information director Andy Boggs is now an assistant at Vandy.
Marshall will three teams over six days as part of the Roundball Showcase, an NCAA exempt event which also includes a Nov. 30 road game at East Tennessee State. Former Mountain State University head coach Bob Bolen was hired as an assistant at ETSU on June 15.
Road games at Penn State and South Carolina, along with a neutral site contest with West Virginia, highlight the schedule.
Marshall will visit regional rival Morehead State on Nov. 17. It will be the 95th meeting in the longstanding series which the Herd leads, 50-44, Marshall defeated the Eagles 70-67 last season.
After the game against ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn., the Herd returns back to Tennessee on Dec. 5 for a first-time meeting against Vanderbilt in Nashville.
The game against the Commodores begins a tough stretch for the Herd, which plays at Penn State on Dec. 7, followed by the annual Capital Classic against Big 12 Conference opponent West Virginia on Dec. 14 in Charleston.
Marshall will also play two tough road games, Dec. 30 at South Carolina and Jan. 2, 2014, at Akron. It will be the sixth meeting with the Gamecocks, members of the SEC, and the first since 1980. Akron, the reigning Mid-American Conference champion, went 26-7 last season and was a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The games with Penn State and South Carolina are set up as home-and-home series, meaning both schools will play against the Herd next season at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd will host Presbyterian on Jan. 5 before opening Conference USA play at UTSA on Jan. 9.
Game times will be announced at a later date. Television networks have the right to change times and possibly alter dates of various games on the schedule.