CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- TODAY'S TRIVIA question for Marshall fans, and anybody else: Are your team's attendance figures above or below the Division I average, and the median?
Answers are below. In the meantime, we shall ponder the following issues:
I was not in El Paso, but Herrion could have been talking about Elijah Pittman's second-half technical foul, or he could have been talking about some visible discord among his players. I'd say both.
That guess comes from second- or third-hand info. One of my "tweeps" apparently was monitoring the UTEP broadcast (the English-language version, I would guess), and heard that Pittman was running his mouth the whole game, and some team members were yelling at each other.
I'm not sure about all that, but I do know Pittman drew his fourth technical foul of the season with 17:29 left in the second half, part of a double technical with UTEP's Julian Washburn. I do know Pittman didn't come out immediately, and he ended up playing the most minutes (33) of all Herd players whose last names do not rhyme with "pane."
And I do know I worry about the guy. From all I see and hear, he is at least even odds to earn a suspension by Herrion. One hopes he doesn't go the way of Justin Coleman, whose promising career was doomed by disciplinary matters.
Pittman is a legitimate stud who has made an appearance on the ESPN SportsCenter top 10 (that nasty lean-in dunk against Cincinnati). If he simply shuts up and plays, he'll have one of the better two-year careers in MU history.
If he doesn't, Herrion will have to shut him up.
In five games against the Miners in the Don Haskins Center, MU has fallen behind by an average maximum of 19 points, blowing into double digits all five times. And it gets worse: The Herd has led in a combined 16 minutes, 53 seconds in those games.
And that all happened in first halves. The Herd has never led or even tied the Miners after halftime on the road, whether under Herrion, predecessor Donnie Jones or Ron Jirsa.
Ouch, ouch and ouch.