Trouble with the Thunder
While Kentucky scored in the paint at will it seemed, Marshall had trouble scoring period.
But the most telling stat for Marshall was 17 turnovers compared to just six assists.
The point guard by committee of Chris Martin and Tamron Manning had just one of those assists.
“Our offensive efficiency is absolutely destroying us,” Herrion said. “We turned the ball over throwing it to the post and we turned the ball over in the post.”
What will help with Marshall is guard DeAndre Kane will return from a hand injury and so will his 8.5 assists per game.
The Herd shot only 29.5 percent from the field on Saturday.
It seems like Marshall is going to lean on a pair of JUCO swingmen in D.D. Scarver and Elijah Pittman.
Scarver had only nine points against Kentucky, but before the game he was leading the team with 15.5 points per game.
Pittman led the Herd on Saturday with 20 points.
The junior though should be used to playing in Rupp Arena. In 2009 he and Covington Holmes won the state championship.
Marshall, like Kentucky, has a big break before its next game.
It plays Delaware State at home on Jan. 2.
“It’s a lousy way to go into Christmas break,” Herrion said. “We have to exhale and then we have some time off which is needed. We have to regroup and come back.”
KYLE HOBSTETTER can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2658.