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Prolific Elmore fashioning rewrite of MU record book

December 14, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Jon Elmore is making a big mark on the Marshall Thundering Herd record book.

Elmore has accumulated 2,071 in four seasons (106 games) to stand third on the Marshall all-time list behind only Skip Henderson (1984-88) with 2,574 and John Taft (1987-91) with 2,332.

The Herd’s senior point guard from Charleston has tossed in 277 of his 3-point field goal attempts, trailing only Austin Loop (2013-17), who owns the school record with 293.

Elmore’s 561 made free throws is already a Herd all-time mark.

He’s gaining on the Herd leaders in career assists. Elmore is third with 646. Greg White (1977-81) and Mike D’Antoni (1970-73) are first and second with 701 and 659 respectively.

He also has 134 career steals, which is ninth in the records.

Elmore is also third in Conference USA career records for points and assists and is second in free throws made.

He’s producing 21.0

points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game as a C-USA Player of the Year candidate and a possible contender for All-American recognition.

A few weeks ago Elmore was identified as one of 30 players nominated for the NCAA Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.

CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

The candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February. The Senior CLASS Award winner is announced during the 2019 NCAA Final Four.

DON’T FORGET C.J.: Elmore’s backcourt running mate, senior guard C.J. Burks is also moving up the Marshall career records lists.

Burks is 20th at Marshall in scoring (1,423), 11th for 3-point field goals (164), 21st in assists (257) and 23rd in steals (109).

The Martinsburg, West Virginia, native has season averages of 18.5 points, 3.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

BRACKET WATCH: Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA Bracketology report for ESPN.com has only one Conference USA team, Old Dominion, getting into the NCAA Tournament.

C-USA teams haven’t won enough to change that opinion.

The new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) is now the barometer for ranking before the selection and seeding of teams for the NCAA Tournament. The NET includes game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin (capping at 10 points per game), and net offensive and defensive efficiency.

North Texas (10-1) led C-USA in the 353-team NET ratings for games played through Tuesday at No. 50 followed by Old Dominion (7-3), No. 96; Louisiana Tech (8-3), No. 113; and Marshall (6-4), No. 116. Western Kentucky (5-4), No. 139; Southern Miss (7-2), No. 153; Florida Atlantic (7-2), No. 178; and UTSA (3-6), No. 179 were next.

Bringing up the rear are UAB (6-3), No. 185; UTEP (3-5), No. 244; FIU (7-2), No. 251; Charlotte (2-5), No. 286; Middle Tennessee (3-7), No. 297; and Rice (3-6), No. 313.

UNFRIENDLY CONFINES: Marshall plays the Akron Zips at 2 p.m. Saturday in James A. Rhodes Arena, which hasn’t a friendly place for Thundering Herd teams.

Since the JAR opened for the 1983-84 season, Marshall has visited 10 times and won only twice. Akron was a winner in its last five home games against Marshall.

Akron leads the all-time series 13-12.

HE SAID IT: Some leftover quotes from Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni before and after recent games.

• “Mikel Beyers we’ve got to work on,” D’Antoni said following the win over Morehead State. “He’s capable, but if the tortoise and the hare ran a race and he was in it he’d probably come in last. He’s capable of being faster. We have to get him to pick it up. He’s quick. It’s just certain things we have to get him to make second effort and things like that.”

• “We’ve got great kids coming in here to work every day,” D’Antoni said before the Toledo game. “They’re going to get better. How much better, I can’t tell you that, but I can tell you they’re going to get better.”

• “Jon (Elmore) did not have a good ball game,” D’Antoni said after the Duquesne game. “The way we won the Conference (USA) tournament game and the Wichita State game (NCAA Tournament), he kind of took over in a two-minute span and I think he’s tried to expand that to a ball game. He’s just trying to win and he thinks that’s the best way to do it. We have to convince him that we’ve got to stay within our stuff. Then there will come a time when he’s got to step up and make a couple big plays, but he’s trying to do it throughout the game. That’s too long and too much.”

Next game

MARSHALL (6-4) at AKRON (6-3)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio

TV: ESPN+

Radio: WDGG 93.7-FM, ESPN 94.1-FM and 930-AM

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