Marshall continues to baffle all observers, showing its best side last weekend in a 75-71 win over Central Florida. But that came in the friendly confines of Cam Henderson Center - elsewhere, Marshall is 0-7 in "true" road games and 0-10 against Division I opponents away from Huntington.
The Herd has lost three of those away games in league play, but those came to the top three teams - Memphis, Southern Mississippi and UTEP. On the other hand, the Herd is a week removed from losing at home to Southern Methodist, which sits in 10th place.
But since then, the Herd shot a season-high 51.9 percent in ending UCF's four-game winning streak. Led by Nigel Spikes' nine blocks, the Herd swatted away 14 shots.
The rebounding could be better, though. The Herd has been has been outrebounded in five of the last six games, with the one-point loss at Memphis being the exception. UCF enjoyed a 41-29 advantage, with a whopping 21 offensive boards.
But there is a mitigating factor - nine of those were team rebounds, contested balls that went out of bounds. And don't forget, those blocked shots count as a field-goal attempt, with a rebound going to someone or "team."
Connecting those dots? Consider this: UCF had 12 of its 21 offensive rebounds off those blocks.
Still . . .
"When you look at the stat sheet, minus-12 is a bad, bad, baaaad number," Herrion said after the game.
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