Another Spikes/Goff stat: In Marshall's two conference wins plus the one-point loss at Memphis, they combined for an average 13.7 rebounds. In the three other league games, all double-digit losses, they combined for 10 rebounds - total.
The third option in the middle, Yous Mbao, has played just nine minutes in two conference games. The 7-foot-2 Senegal native may have extenuating circumstances, namely his extended absence after his practice collision with Goff.
But it also points to a trend of Herrion shortening his bench. Against SMU, his five usual starters (DeAndre Kane, Pittman, Tinnon, Spikes and D.D. Scarver) plus Goff accounted for 184 of the possible 200 minutes, with four reserves getting the other 16. Those four accounted for one rebound, one foul and two turnovers.
Marshall scored two bench points (including Goff), tying the season low set against West Virginia.
The Herd (9-12, 2-4) stays home Saturday, but the task doesn't get any easier. Donnie Jones' Central Florida team invades Cam Henderson Center for a 2 p.m. tip, and the Knights (15-5, 5-1) have won four in a row.
One qualifier, though: The Knights' vanquished foes have a combined 8-25 record in C-USA games. Their league loss came against 3-4 East Carolina.
They will face the four other teams with winning league records in six of their last nine games, including co-leaders Memphis and Southern Miss twice each.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@ wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.