Practice has presented all manner of adjustments for the newcomers.
"My rudest awakening, probably, is realizing I'm not going to shoot too many layups anymore in a halfcourt set," Manning said. "Going in against Nigel [Spikes] and Yous [Mbao], you've got to shoot pull-up jumpers."
Canty said of practices in general, "It's more of a grind than I thought it would be. It seems like practices go on forever."
Herrion said his team is still searching for its identity, which is relentless rebounding and consistent defense. The Herd showed a lot of the former last year, but came up short in the latter.
"There were times where we were really good defensively, but there were too many times we weren't good enough," he said. "Not that it didn't exist, but it was too hit or miss, and that's not good enough. And that contributes to going 9-7 in conference play."
Which probably kept the Herd on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble, and why this October seems to be more important than those in recent memory.
As a reminder, general admission season tickets remain on sale at herdzone.com, or by calling 800-THE-HERD or 304-696-HERD. Those are $100 and cover all home games plus the Dec. 15 game against Cincinnati at the Charleston Civic Center. Single-game general admission tickets to non-conference games are on sale for $10. Reserved seating has been exhausted.
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