But the real agony has come at the rim. Kane and his teammates can find their way there, but have missed 24 layups or dunks in the last two games.
Marshall struggled against WVU in last year's game, losing 78-62. Kane scored 19 points, but Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant carried the Mountaineers to 61.5 percent shooting, blowing open a game tied at the half.
"We didn't do a good job closing out the first half," Herrion said. "We had a bad turnover and then Bryant hit a 3 at the buzzer to tie the game. We were OK for a while, but Jones took over the game, hit big shots and we played from behind."
WVU has a number of new faces such as Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray, rising regulars such as Gary Browne and that ever-present mountain man, Deniz Kilicli.
"They've got depth and balance. [Huggins] has got a lot of options, he's playing a lot of guys," Herrion said. "I think Gary Browne is one of the biggest ingredients for their success. I think he's an indispensable player. [Terry] Henderson has given them a good lift as a freshman, a wing scorer.
"And their defense is the anchor for [Huggins'] program."
That defense should be tougher than what the Herd saw last weekend from UNC-Wilmington. If Kane, Pittman and company find their way to the rim, the shots must fall, or the Herd will play from behind again.
Kane, stuck in a 13-of-52 slump over the last three games, isn't panicking. Then again, he has never lacked confidence.
"They'll fall, man," he said. "They'll fall."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.