Marshall Thundering Herd

Are part of Conference USA, were established in 1837, and their home arena is the Cam Henderson Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Marshall Thundering Herd

The Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team, representing Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, stands as a beacon of sporting excellence and determination. This team, competing in the NCAA Division I as part of the Sun Belt Conference, embodies a unique blend of history, culture, and achievement. The Thundering Herd’s basketball program is not just about winning games; it’s a story of resilience, innovation, and the unyielding spirit of teamwork that resonates throughout its history.

In recent years, under the guidance of coach Dan D’Antoni since 2014, the Thundering Herd has experienced a resurgence. The 2017-18 season was particularly noteworthy, as the team clinched its first Conference USA championship and secured a historic win in the NCAA Tournament against Wichita State. This phase of the Thundering Herd’s journey reflects a blend of strategic gameplay, resilience, and the unyielding will to succeed against the odds.

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The Historical Tapestry of the Marshall Thundering Herd

The history of the Marshall Thundering Herd basketball team is a rich tapestry of growth, challenges, and remarkable achievements. It began in the early 20th century and saw significant evolution under various coaches. Cam Henderson, coaching from 1935-1955, was a pivotal figure, leading the team to three consecutive Buckeye Conference titles and the 1947 NAIA National Championship. The subsequent era, under Jule Rivlin and other coaches, solidified the team’s reputation with regular appearances in NCAA tournaments and NITs, marking them as a formidable force in collegiate basketball.

The Golden Era

The era under Coach Rick Huckabay from 1983 to 1989 is often hailed as the golden era of Marshall basketball. Huckabay’s tenure was marked by a string of successes, including six Southern Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Although these postseason contests ended in losses, they were emblematic of the team’s competitive spirit and resilience. This era also witnessed the nurturing of extraordinary talents like John Taft and Skip Henderson, who would go on to become the top scorers in Marshall’s history.

Legendary Figures in Marshall Thundering Herd History

Several coaches and players have etched their names into the annals of Marshall basketball history. These figures, such as coaches Cam Henderson, Jule Rivlin, Rick Huckabay, and Dan D’Antoni, and players like Hal Greer, Mike D’Antoni, and John Taft, have been instrumental in shaping the team’s legacy. Their contributions extend beyond wins and losses; they have inspired generations and set standards of excellence that continue to influence the team today

A Game to Remember

One of the most memorable games in the team’s history occurred under Coach Huckabay’s tenure. In this game, backup guard Bruce Morris achieved an extraordinary feat by making the longest shot in NCAA basketball history – a staggering 89 feet, 10 inches. This momentous shot not only clinched a win against Appalachian State but also cemented itself in the history books as a testament to the incredible skill and spirit of the Thundering Herd.

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Regular Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Week 1 Date: Mon 06/11/2023 Opponent: Queens University of Charlotte Royals Result: W 89-73
Week 1 Date: Fri 10/11/2023 Opponent: Radford Highlanders Result: L 62-66
Week 2 Date: Sun 19/11/2023 Opponent: Utah St. Aggies Result: L 60-83
Week 3 Date: Mon 20/11/2023 Opponent: Florida International Panthers Result: W 80-69
Week 3 Date: Tue 21/11/2023 Opponent: Oakland Golden Grizzlies Result: L 71-78
Week 3 Date: Fri 24/11/2023 Opponent: Kentucky Wildcats Result: L 82-118
Week 4 Date: Sat 02/12/2023 Opponent: Miami (OH) RedHawks Result: L 74-79
Week 5 Date: Wed 06/12/2023 Opponent: Duquesne Dukes Result: L 72-85
Week 5 Date: Sat 09/12/2023 Opponent: Ohio Bobcats Result: W 74-69
Week 6 Date: Wed 13/12/2023 Opponent: Toledo Rockets Result: L 87-88
Week 6 Date: Sat 16/12/2023 Opponent: UNC Greensboro Spartans Result: W 72-65
Week 7 Date: Mon 18/12/2023 Opponent: Bluefield State Big Blues Result: W 103-70
Week 7 Date: Mon 18/12/2023 Opponent: Bluefield College Rams Result: W 103-70
Week 7 Date: Thu 21/12/2023 Opponent: UNC Wilmington Seahawks Result: L 69-78
Week 8 Date: Sat 30/12/2023 Opponent: UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Result: W 75-61
Week 9 Date: Wed 03/01/2024 Opponent: UL Monroe Warhawks Result: W 68-57
Week 9 Date: Sat 06/01/2024 Opponent: Texas State Bobcats Result: W 79-75
Week 10 Date: Wed 10/01/2024 Opponent: Georgia Southern Eagles Result: W 79-74
Week 10 Date: Sat 13/01/2024 Opponent: South Alabama Jaguars Result: L 85-91
Week 11 Date: Thu 18/01/2024 Opponent: Old Dominion Monarchs Result: L 66-91
Week 11 Date: Sat 20/01/2024 Opponent: James Madison Dukes Result: L 52-67
Week 12 Date: Wed 24/01/2024 Opponent: Georgia St. Panthers Result: W 77-68
Week 12 Date: Sat 27/01/2024 Opponent: Southern Miss Golden Eagles Result: W 83-67
Week 13 Date: Thu 01/02/2024 Opponent: Old Dominion Monarchs Result: L 76-83
Week 13 Date: Sat 03/02/2024 Opponent: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Result: W 91-74
Week 14 Date: Wed 07/02/2024 Opponent: Troy Trojans Result: L 66-82
Week 15 Date: Thu 15/02/2024 Opponent: Appalachian St. Mountaineers Result: L 58-73
Week 15 Date: Sat 17/02/2024 Opponent: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Result: L 67-74
Week 16 Date: Wed 21/02/2024 Opponent: James Madison Dukes Result: L 58-84
Week 16 Date: Sat 24/02/2024 Opponent: Appalachian St. Mountaineers Result: L 58-65
Week 17 Date: Wed 28/02/2024 Opponent: Georgia Southern Eagles Result: L 73-87
Week 17 Date: Fri 01/03/2024 Opponent: Georgia St. Panthers Result: L 79-82

Post Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Conf. Tournament Date: Thu 07/03/2024 Opponent: Georgia St. Panthers Result: W 86-74
Conf. Tournament Date: Sat 09/03/2024 Opponent: James Madison Dukes Result: L 64-81

Home of Marshall Thundering Herd: Cam Henderson Center

The Cam Henderson Center, the home venue of the Thundering Herd since 1981, is more than just a basketball arena; it’s a symbol of the team’s enduring legacy and triumphs. Preceding the Cam Henderson Center was the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse, which also witnessed many of the team’s significant victories. This arena is not just a place where games are played; it’s where history is made, where legends are born, and where the spirit of the Thundering Herd comes alive.

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