HUNTINGTON - A Memphis-to-Huntington bus ride is a long one, especially after a dejecting, slump-extending defeat.
But Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said his team's basketball season started anew after last Saturday's loss to the Tigers, which extended the Herd's losing skid to four games.
Then, on Wednesday, Marshall routed Tulane at home to send the Herd to Tulsa at 8 p.m. this Saturday with a new streak.
"One-game winning streak," Herrion said after Marshall's 63-44 win over Tulane on Wednesday. "That's what we're on.
"We talked about it since we got on the bus at midnight at FedEx Forum (in Memphis) and pulled in about 8:30, 9 in the morning. We just talked about getting a one-game winning streak.
"Now we've got to go get another one-game winning streak against the hottest team in the conference in Tulsa."
Indeed, the Golden Hurricane is storming through league play after losses in consecutive games to begin the Conference USA portion of its schedule.
Tulsa (13-9, 6-2) went 7-7 in non-conference play and then lost to Houston and Southern Methodist to sink below .500, but since then has won six consecutive games - all in conference - to soar to second place in the league standings at the midpoint of the C-USA slate.
The Golden Hurricane, coached by Wheeling native Doug Wojcik, has defeated UTEP, East Carolina, Tulane, Rice, UCF and SMU in succession. The combined conference record of those six teams is 18-30.
Tulsa, however, has shown how a team can regroup, and Herrion is hoping his team continues to exhibit the resolve it has shown him since that losing streak reached four games.
"We're not exempt," the second-year Herd coach said. "You lose a few in a row and we did, your confidence is shook. There are a lot of things that are shook.
"We haven't flinched; we haven't blinked. We stick to the plan and these kids have responded. I'd be really concerned if I came into practice and we had guys kind of shutting down."
Marshall's 19-point win over Tulane featured a plus-23 advantage on the boards and a stifling defense that resulted in the fewest points scored by one of the Herd's Conference USA opponent ever.