CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Long-range shooters tend to fare better in familiar surroundings, and they definitely fare better when left open at the 3-point line.
A combination of the two spells doom for the visiting team, more often than not, and Marshall has been doomed a few times on the road. It is one of many factors why the Thundering Herd has lost all eight of its "true" road games and is 0-11 against Division I teams away from Huntington.
Marshall (10-13, 3-5 Conference USA) will try once again to snap out of its road funk today at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tipoff at Bartow Arena is at 3 p.m. EST.
The Herd is coming off a disaster at Tulane, a 91-75 loss in which it gave up 59 first-half points. The Green Wave tossed in eight 3-pointers in that half in 16 attempts.
Marshall coach Tom Herrion, who has consistently preached about 3-point defense since he arrived in Huntington, is not happy about either number. He prefers to force opponents to abandon the 3-pointer altogether.
In his first two seasons, he got what he wanted most of the time. In conference games in 2010-11, MU opponents hit under 30 percent from the arc, leading the league. In 2011-12, the Herd slid to second in the category, allowing a 30.9 percent success rate. The Herd allowed only 75 made 3-point baskets in each of those seasons, in 16 games.
At the halfway mark in league play, the Herd has slid to 11th in the stat as foes have hit nearly 40 percent. The eight teams have combined for 50 made 3-pointers, with 11 coming from Tulane.
"They made a lot of shots in bunches at different positions," Herrion said of the Tulane game. "It's something I take pride in and emphasize, but we had too many breakdowns in not contesting them aggressively or not being aware of personnel."
The Herd has yielded 11 3-pointers in three different games - against South Dakota State at a neutral site, at Ohio and the Tulane game. In the Ohio game and four league games on the road, those opponents have hit 45 of 95 tries, a deadly 47.3 percent.