HUNTINGTON - A Jan. 9 home meeting against Tulsa begins a 16-game Conference USA schedule for the Marshall men's basketball team.
The game is a rematch of last season's epic three overtime contest in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championships in which the Thundering Herd came out on top 105-100 behind 40 points by DeAndre Kane.
"Once again we will face great challenges throughout the C-USA schedule," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said Tuesday after the schedule was released. "The depth and balance within the conference will be terrific and we are looking forward to competing against some outstanding programs and some of the best coached teams in the nation.
"I am confident that our tremendous fan base will once again show their great support throughout the home portion of our C-USA schedule, the Herd Nation is incredible."
On Jan. 12, Marshall will look for its first-ever win at UTEP. The Herd beat the Miners for the first time in conference play last season. Other meetings against opponents from the West are Jan. 30 against SMU, Feb. 6 at Tulane, Feb. 13 against Rice and March 2 at Houston.
Marshall will play East Carolina at Cam Henderson Center on Jan. 19 and make the trip to Greenville, N.C., to wrap up conference play on March 9.
The Herd makes the first of two back-to-back conference road trips on Jan. 23 at Southern Miss.
Marshall plays at Memphis on Jan. 26. The reigning conference champions will then make their last trip to Huntington as members of C-USA on Feb. 16 before joining the Big East Conference for the 2013-14 season.
For the same reason, UCF will make its final conference trip to the Cam Henderson Center on Feb. 2 with Marshall returning to Orlando, Fla. for a Feb. 20 meeting.
The Herd travels to UAB on Feb. 9, three days after a trip to New Orleans, La., and then hosts the Blazers on Feb. 23.
The 2013 Conference USA Championships will be hosted by Tulsa at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on March 13-16.
Marshall officials are working to complete the non-conference portion of the schedule, which includes games against Cincinnati, West Virginia and Kentucky.