• The Thundering Herd men's basketball team has its fourth and final scheduled game against a team from a power (BCS) league this Saturday. Marshall will travel to Kentucky, where the Herd will surely play in front of one of the largest crowds in program history.
The Daily Mail's Jody Jividen traveled to Rupp Arena to cover the Dec. 27, 1994 game between Marshall and UK. The Wildcats won handily, 116-75, and 23,782 were in attendance.
That's the largest announced attendance ever for a Marshall hoops game.
This season, the defending national champion Wildcats are averaging 22,071 in seven home games. Kentucky has finished first or second nationally in attendance every year since 1977, and has been tops in attendance six consecutive seasons.
• The turnover-prone Herd, which doesn't have highly touted point guard Kareem Canty (academically ineligible) or leading assist man DeAndre Kane (broken right hand), received a backcourt boost Thursday.
Kelvin Amayo, a rare mid-year academic non-qualifier, practiced for the first time Thursday after gaining eligibility.
There should be no expectation of an immediate contribution here. Amayo wasn't allowed to practice with the team and is a walk-on. But the extra body in the backcourt can't hurt.
Marshall (7-5) ranks No. 220 nationally in turnovers per game (14.9).
Amayo is 6-4 and has a linebacker's build.
• Saturday's MU-UK game in Lexington, Ky., is the eighth of an 11-game stretch where Marshall plays only in West Virginia or bordering states.
The Herd plays at Kentucky this Saturday and at Ohio on Jan. 5.
This relatively travel-free stretch started Nov. 19, the day Marshall returned from a three-day trip to Hempstead, N.Y. The next team flight will be for the Jan. 12 conference road opener against the University of Texas at El Paso.
Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.