HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - You know what they say: It's always good to be back at home, semisweet home.
Such is the case with the struggling Marshall basketball team, which is playing its first home game in 15 days, the third at Cam Henderson Center in a 39-day stretch. That sounds exhausting enough, but it's worse when you can't win on the road.
This afternoon, the Thundering Herd plays its first home game of 2014, and the last nonconference game of the season. The opponent is Big South member Presbyterian of Clinton, S.C., and the tipoff time is 2 p.m.
"I take blame for that in terms of scheduling," said MU coach Tom Herrion. "It's been a long stretch. There are so many components, where you play, when you play. I don't expect anybody outside of [the coaching] world to understand - it's a challenge to say the least."
Losers of seven of its last eight games, the Herd needs a victory for its collective psyche, especially after a tough-to-swallow loss Thursday at Akron. MU fell behind by 11 points, as is its modus operandi this season, but came back and had the ball in the final seconds with a chance to win.
As MU's bad luck would have it, Kareem Canty's layup just missed - "It was in and out; it was down literally," Herrion said.
The last MU win over a Division I team came Nov. 26 against Western Kentucky, a full 40 days ago. Even then, the Herd had to overcome a 24-8 deficit.
A few factors from way back then can apply to the Herd's current situation, including: