Thundering Herd did more than just lose the game to WKU on Saturday - also lost one of their best players when 6-9 PF Ajdin Penava left the game with an ankle injury after only four minutes of action. Third on team at 16.7 ppg, first in rebounds at 9.1 rpg, and first on team and the nation in blocks at 4.8 bpg. And actually had 5 blocks vs WKU in those four minutes!
Jon Rothstein had called Penava perhaps the most improved college player this season, but now looks like he’ll be out for awhile.
WVGazettemail.com: Marshall loses Penava, gets blasted by WKU
In spite of their worst home loss since Billy Donovan was the head coach, the Herd connected on 18 of 37 threes vs WKU.
Guards Jon Elmore and CJ Burks lead the Herd in scoring at 23.2 ppg and 20.1 ppg respectively.
Just got my tickets for Thursday night. If you wanted Judy gone, now’s the time to sack up and show your support.
Going back to the old days - we are going to pregame at Pics! Come by and have a drink and some pizza rolls. Maybe they will even play the fight song for us like the old days.
Coach D’Antoni sounding somewhat coy about Penava’s status.
[Quote]The news on Penava took a turn for the positive this week. Not only did he not fracture the ankle he turned four minutes into the WKU game, the swelling on his sprain has gone down quickly.
He even did some shooting after practice Tuesday, with a light hop every so often.
D’Antoni’s low-end estimate of a two-week absence could prove prophetic. Then again, he might even return for the Charlotte-ODU trip.
"I expect him [back], probably not Thursday, though mayyyybe,” D’Antoni said. “Saturday’s a better possibility; [he] will be back [for certain] for the next two games right here at home.”[/quote]
WVGazettemail.com: Marshall basketball won’t flinch after grim defeat
Something you’d never see in the Big O - a pregame piece that not only discusses the differences between former coach Mark Price and current interim Houston Fancher but also includes comments from Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni.
Tomorrow we’ll get the two-lines from Steve Lyttle that will probably include some sort of incorrect info.
Herald-Dispatch.com: MU basketball notebook: Different strokes for different coaches
Some already know the backstory of Marshall G Jon Elmore. From Jeremy Fuchs of Sports Illustrated.
SI.com: Meet Marshall’s Jon Elmore, the ‘Most Underrated Point Guard’ in College Basketball
Are we all still wearing white?
I don’t think it matters anymore 18
Gotcha, was just wondering. Glad it doesn’t matter anymore
And has Lyttle has done throughout football and now basketball season, he doesn’t disappoint! While he does note that Penava is leading D-I hoops in blocks, nothing about the injury vs WKU that will most likely keep him sidelined tonight. Thanks Steve! :