The 2012-2013 Marshall University men’s basketball schedule features 12 teams that advanced to postseason play this past season, including eight in the NCAA tournament and a trip to Lexington to face off against the defending NCAA champion Wildcats.
Marshall will play seven teams that finished the 2011-2012 season inside the RPI top 50. The Herd will play South Dakota St., Nevada, Cincinnati, Ohio, Memphis, Southern Miss Kentucky.
Marshall finished the last season with a strength of schedule inside the top 30.
The Thundering Herd will play host to Bluefield College in their lone exhibition game on Oct. 29 before the regular season starts against Longwood (Nov. 9) at home. The Herd then travel to Philadelphia, to take on Villanova (Nov. 11) in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.
The 2K Sports Classic then moves north to Long Island N.Y. where the Herd will play the University of District of Columbia (Nov. 16), South Dakota St. (Nov.17) and finishing out the tournament against Hofstra (Nov.18).
After some time on the road the Herd will return to the Cam Henderson Center for a three game home stand against Nevada (Nov. 24), Morehead State (Nov. 28) and UNC Wilmington (Dec. 1).
Marshall will play their next opponent, West Virginia (Dec. 5), in the annual Capital Classic in Charleston. The Herd will face Coppin State for the first time (Dec. 8) in Huntington.
The Thundering Herd will make a trip back to Charleston on (Dec. 15) to play host to the Cincinnati Bobcats, who advanced to the sweet sixteen in last years NCAA tournament.
Savannah State visits Huntington on (Dec. 19) before the Herd head west one state to square off against the defending NCCA champions the Kentucky Wildcats on (Dec. 22). This game will air on ESPN 2.
January starts off with a home game against Delaware State (Jan. 2) followed by a trip to Athens, Ohio (Jan.5) to take on the Ohio Bobcats in the last non-conference opponent of the season.
Conference play opens up at home against Tulsa (Jan. 9) before travelling to play UTEP (Jan. 12). The Herd will then battle East Carolina inside the Henderson Center (Jan. 19). A two game road trip is then in store for Marshall, with visits to Southern Miss (Jan. 23) and Memphis (Jan. 26). The Herd will wrap up the month of January with a home game against SMU (Jan. 30).
February begins at home against UCF (Feb. 2), with trips to Tulane (Feb. 6) and UAB (Feb. 9) to follow. Marshall then will have a two game home stand against Rice (Feb. 13) and Memphis (Feb. 16).
Marshall’s remaining five games will have the team traveling to three different states and two home games. The team will play at UCF (Feb. 20), home against UAB (Feb. 23), at Houston (March 2), home against Southern Miss (March 6) and finishing up on the road against East Carolina (March 9).
The Conference USA tournament will be March 13-16 in Tulsa, Okla.