"It's been a balance," Herrion said. "It's still a process for us to find a balance for him being a scorer, but also being a facilitator. His assist-to-turnover ratio is high. He's done a really good job of finding guys and he's logged a lot of minutes.
He has to get better, there's no doubt about it, but he's really risen to the challenge of playing at the point a little more than we initially thought."
That gives Herrion more time to solve the rest of Marshall's issues, which have contributed to the Herd's early stumbles. Marshall remains one of Division I's worst free-throw shooting teams, ranked 282nd and hitting just 62.9 percent from the line. But now the Herd has a surprising new issue - rebounding.
Marshall led Conference USA in rebounding margin last season, but is only sixth in the conference to start this season. The Herd has been out-rebounded twice this year, 37-23 against Villanova and 57-43 against Hofstra, a team that has no player on the roster taller than 6-foot-8. The Herd has seven players standing 6-8 or taller.
The team might need to lean even more on Kane, a preseason all-C-USA first team pick, but he's up to the challenge.
"I'm just out there playing, doing what I can do every day to give it my all," he said. "I'm doing whatever I can do to put my team in the best position to win every night. If that's playing the point, the '2' or the '3,' whatever it takes."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.