Flannigan Has Been Money, Leads NT Into Herd Showdown
Senior Forward Scored A Career-High 14 Points At Western Kentucky On Thursday
North Texas (9-12, 3-6 C-USA) at Marshall (7-16, 3-7 C-USA)
HUNTINGTON, W.V. - Quiet for the bulk of the season, Armani Flannigan's performances of late have been the basketball equivalent of reaching into your pocket and finding a $20 bill you didn't know you had.
The senior from Rockford, Ill., scored a total of 42 points in the three-month span between Nov. 23 and Jan. 24, but has exploded off the bench in crucial situations for the Mean Green over the last week. In the last two games, Flannigan has scored a combined 24 points, including a career-high 14 points at Western Kentucky on Thursday. In fact, Flannigan had topped his career high with 12 points by halftime.
The Mean Green will call on Flannigan once again when it travels to a surging Marshall squad that has won three of its last four games, including a 69-55 thrashing of Rice at the Cam Henderson Center on Thursday.
The Herd is led by 6-5 forward Ryan Taylor, who is pouring in 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The sophomore is also a nifty passer, which is evidenced by his 67 assists this season.
Thanks to Taylor, the Herd is averaging 38.3 rebounds per game, which ranks second among all C-USA teams. Marshall ranks second in C-USA with 26.8 defensive rebounds a game.
Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer (1990), Dan D'Antoni, took the reigns of the Thundering Herd program in April after spending the last nine seasons coaching in the NBA. As a player, D'Antoni scored 1,109 career points and helped lead the Herd to the NIT semifinals in 1967 and back to the NIT in 1968. He was a two-time All-MAC selection. D'Antoni joined the Herd coaching staff after graduating, and later went on to over 500 wins as the head coach at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is the older brother of NBA coaching vet Mike D'Antoni.