Marshall should be able to rebound, both literally and figuratively, against Coppin State. The Eagles have won just one game in eight tries this season, beating Division II Cheyney 98-78. Coppin State sports a rebounding margin of minus-7.8, and the Eagles' 34.2 rebounds per game ties them with LIU-Brooklyn and Northern Illinois for 206th-best in Division I.
The Herd can't afford a letdown Saturday, as it heads into a tough streak in its non-conference schedule. Of its next five games, three are against Cincinnati (in Charleston) on Dec. 15, at Kentucky on Dec. 22 and at rival Ohio on Jan. 5. Senior forward Robert Goff is suspended for Saturday's game. Goff was ejected from Wednesday's game with 1:37 left after kicking WVU guard Juwan Staten.
Pittman said the Herd doesn't have any time to waste in solving its offensive problems.
"We got to scratch our heads," Pittman said. "We've got to finish, actually. There's not even an excuse for that. We just have to finish with the ball."
There were long spans where that didn't happen Wednesday. Marshall went the last 5:01 of the first half without scoring a basket. There also was a six-minute span in the second half where the Herd went without a basket. It didn't help that Marshall made just 12 of 22 free throws against West Virginia.
Center Nigel Spikes said that, even if it means putting in overtime, the team has to turn things around.
"We need to just come in the gym on our own time and put in some work," he said. "Just watch film, be stronger with the ball. There's a lot of things we need to do and still need to work on."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.