HUNTINGTON -- In the past 10 games, Marshall Coach Tom Herrion has watched his team go 4-6 and average 61.3 points per game.
In that stretch, the Thundering Herd is 0-5 when it fails to crack the 60-point barrier. In hopes of snapping his team out of its offensive doldrums - and to prepare for this Saturday's uptempo opponent, East Carolina - the third-year head coach switched the practice routine.
Wednesday's practice had an offseason feel, with the team working out in smaller groups for one-hour intervals in order to receive more individual instruction.
"It was unbelievably valuable to us," said Herrion, who broke the team into groups of four during three one-hour sessions Wednesday. "It was a good way to break up our week.
"We did a lot of shooting; a lot of shooting. We had four different position guys in an hour workout, so half of it is spent on offensive skill development and then we spent time on cleaning up some stuff, execution, five-on-zero, going through plays.
"And then we put in some of our defensive coverage in regards to East Carolina."
The Pirates (11-5, 2-1 Conference USA) visit the Henderson Center to face the Herd (8-9, 1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m.
East Carolina, in contrast to Marshall, is the top scoring team in C-USA at 78.1 points per game. Third-year Coach Jeff Lebo has watched his squad score 80 or more points nine times in 16 games this season.
The Pirates scored 80 or more points nine times in Lebo's first two seasons (61 games) combined.
ECU is No. 23 nationally in scoring.
"They're really explosive; it's an explosive offensive group," Herrion said. "They're really balanced in their attack. Almost all five starters average double figures and they're probably the best perimeter shooting team in the conference."