"His team has been known as good defensive ball clubs," Herrion said. "Usually, it's a team that doesn't beat itself, they're well coached."
Marshall (8-14, 2-5) is looking to leapfrog the Owls and get closer to the middle of the pack in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd has won two of its last three, including the 80-68 win Thursday over FIU.
In recent wins over Rice and FIU, the Herd has showed a newfound strength in closing out games. In both games, the Herd broke away earlier in the second half and kept those teams at least two possessions behind the rest of the way.
MU's shooting percentages were high in those halves - 55.6 percent against Rice and 60.8 percent against FIU. The Herd even shot well in an otherwise forgettable 99-78 loss at Louisiana Tech a week ago, 50.9 percent for the contest.
The Herd is showing signs of solving those zone defenses they face nearly every game. Players are attacking more and settling for jumpers less - MU has shot fewer than 20 3-pointers for four consecutive games.
"It's part of our zone attack we've worked on the past couple of weeks," Herrion said. "We made some adjustments, a lot more flash action for a lot of different guys.
"We've got much better cutters, better ball movement. Our zone attack, this particular one, allowed us to be more patient in our offense. We're not as stationary as we maybe have been early in the season."
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