That suggests a deliberate, even plodding game, but North Texas isn't like that. Let's put it this way: If Marshall's defense doesn't show up tonight, a horse race is possible.
"Their speed really jumps out at you," Herrion said. "They're explosive in transition. One of the fastest teams we'll see. They open up the floor, they're dangerous off the miss or turnover; we've got to get back, get set. Good athleticism, they're a pretty deep club, they play nine or 10 guys. They've got good balance."
Some examples of that balance:
But that doesn't necessarily translate into success, especially when the Mean Green is shooting 42 percent from the floor and has a 0.72 assist-to-turnover ratio, both 15th in the league.
BRIEFLY: Marshall is not in last place in C-USA in free-throwing shooting, as its 60 percent tops Old Dominion's 59.7 percent. ... The Herd is dead last in defensive rebounding percentage at 65.7 percent - opponents have snagged 229 offensive rebounds, highest in the league. ... Marshall is fourth in attendance, with an announced 4,716 per home date. The league average is 3,567.
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