Logan’s Gore, Browning hit the court for Herd

To celebrate the start of Marshall basketball season, the Thundering Herd will host “Rock The Rec” from 10 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Marshall University Recreation Center.

The event will feature introductions of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, contests and more. Both teams will sign autographs for fans at the end of the night.

Admission is free for all to attend. The first 500 Marshall students to arrive with a student ID will receive a free limited edition “Rock the Rec” T-shirt and free pizza. A couple lucky students will get the chance to shoot a halfcourt shot to win a car.

* Marshall has two former Logan High School players on its rosters.

Shayna Gore, who led the Logan girls’ basketball team to the 2013 Class AAA state championship game, is a freshman member of the Marshall women’s squad.

Stevie Browning, a LHS graduate and transfer from Fairmont State University, is eligible to play this season after sitting out last year.

TV schedule

Five Conference USA matchups for Marshall men’s basketball will be broadcast by American Sports Network during the 2015-16 season, the league announced Thursday.

Three of the five games will be at Cam Henderson Center, including the Herd’s C-USA opener against WKU on Jan. 3, Charlotte on Feb. 18, and defending C-USA regular-season champion Louisiana Tech on March 3.

The two road broadcasts feature the Herd at Old Dominion on Jan. 23, and at UTSA on Feb. 6.

The selections lengthen a list of TV games for Marshall, including a Jan. 30 meeting with UAB on CBS Sports Network, the Capital Classic versus West Virginia on ESPNU on Dec. 17, and a road game at Maryland on the Big Ten Network on Dec. 27.

The Herd’s 2015-16 opener at Tennessee on Nov. 19 (7 p.m.) will be shown on SEC Network+, which is available through WatchESPN—accessible on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app—and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to those who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. The SEC Network could choose to take the streaming broadcast of the game and move it to the linear network at any time.

Non-televised coverage of C-USA basketball will be available online through the C-USA Digital Network, available exclusively on the league’s official website ConferenceUSA.com. Conference USA school home games will be offered live and archived for All-Access subscribers, along with weekly highlights and feature programming. Additional games remain a possibility and will be announced when finalized.

To view the complete 2015-16 Thundering Herd men’s basketball schedule with times as available to date, visit HerdZone.com.

The Marshall women’s basketball home meeting with Conference USA opponent Western Kentucky Feb. 14, 2016, will be televised by American Sports Network. Tipoff for the game is set for 1 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.

The Valentine’s Day matchup will be the second meeting of the 2015-16 season for the Herd and the Hilltoppers. The first is scheduled for Jan. 2, 2016, at WKU. The WKU series is one of five home and home CUSA series this season for Marshall. The others are Charlotte, Old Dominion, Middle Tennessee State and UAB.

Marshall is 0-4 all-time against WKU. The Hilltoppers took both games from the Herd this past season winning 67-53 Jan. 4 and then 74-60 Feb. 14.

C-USA enjoys significant television exposure through partnerships with FOX Sports Media Group, CBS Sports Network, ESPN and ASN. The multi-tiered selection process that is rooted in partnering with all three networks has substantially increased the number of national and regional appearances for football, men’s and women’s basketball and all other conference sports.

C-USA membership include institutions within eight of the Top 40 media markets and four in the Top 25 according to Nielsen. C-USA home markets this year will include more than 13 million TV households, a 30 percent increase from two years ago.

Head coach Matt Daniel’s fourth season leading the Herd will begin Nov. 13 in Morehead, Ky. in the Morehead State Classic, where Marshall will play the host Eagles.

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