CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a city that has moved from Super Bowl mode back into Mardi Gras, Marshall's basketball team will try once again not to turn into ashes on a Wednesday.
The Thundering Herd will try once again to win on the road.
And win its second Conference USA game in a row for the first time, in any venue.
And defeat a team lower in the league standings.
And not get beaten on the boards for the sixth time in seven games.
And so on, and so on, and so on.
In this topsy-turvy season, nothing comes easy for the Herd, and that includes this trip to the Big Easy to take on Tulane. Tipoff today at the renovated, renamed 3,600-seat Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans is 8 p.m. EST.
Marshall (10-12, 3-4 C-USA) has won its last four meetings against the Green Wave (14-8, 2-5), including a 63-44 breather last February in Huntington. Herd coach Tom Herrion is 2-0 against the Wave.
Tulane, coached by 1980s Citadel point guard Ed Conroy, is coming off a 62-50 loss at Texas-El Paso that wasn't really that close. The Miners took a 34-19 halftime lead and stretched the margin to 58-35 with 5:45 left.
The Green Wave's early success, some would argue, is the product of a soft schedule loaded with home games. Indeed, nine victories have come against teams with a 250 or lower Rating Percentage Index (unofficial, ESPN.com entering Tuesday's games).
But there is a win at No. 61 Alabama, and there is some talent on this roster. Most notable is 6-foot-8 forward Josh Davis, who is second in the league in scoring at 17.1 points per game and tops in rebounding at 9.9. A 13-rebound game tonight would have him averaging a double-double.
"He's older, a fourth-year guy who was at NC State and transferred," Herrion said. "He rebounds the ball with great tenacity. Offensively the ball's in his hands and they spread the offense out - he drives it really well, and he gets second and third shots off the glass."
Ricky Tarrant, a 6-2 guard averaging 14.8 points and 2.7 assists, was C-USA's freshman of the year a season ago. Jordan Callahan, a 6-foot senior whose first career start came way back as a freshman against MU, averages 10.7 points.