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Marshall basketball: Several non-conference dates set; Capital Classic will be on a Sunday



CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Marshall men’s basketball team has yet to find its new coach, but the man ultimately selected already knows the date he’ll visit a 2014 Sweet 16 team.

The Thundering Herd visits Louisville on Nov. 21 as part of the Global Sports Showcase. That game was among several non-conference opponents and dates announced Wednesday on the university’s official athletic website.

Marshall drew Louisville in the showcase as part of an agreement between the two universities to push back the Cardinal football team’s trip to Huntington from 2014 to 2016. Louisville lost to Kentucky last week in the Midwest Region semifinals.

Marshall also gets three showcase home games — its Nov. 14 season opener versus Jacksonville State, Nov. 16 versus Savannah State and Nov. 28 versus Cleveland State. Nestled among those games is a Nov. 26 home contest versus Morehead State.

The Herd also snagged two home games versus power-conference foes — Penn State of the Big Ten and South Carolina of the SEC. Dates for those games have not yet been announced.

There likely will be two more “guarantee” home games, contests where Marshall won’t return the favor with a game at their opponents’ arenas, though, according to the website, dates and opponents have not yet been scheduled.

Three away games past Louisville have been scheduled — Dec. 20 at Nevada, Dec. 22 at Arkansas State and Dec. 30 at Akron. Marshall’s annual Capital Classic game versus West Virginia tips off next season on Dec. 14. It’s the third straight season the game has changed days in December, being played on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2012, then Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 and now Sunday, Dec. 14 this year.

The Herd’s season ended with a 73-58 loss to Old Dominion in the second round of the Conference USA tournament. The university announced coach Tom Herrion’s resignation two days later. Marshall finished 11-22 overall and 4-12 in C-USA.

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