It seems that's been hard for the Herd to do on the road this season. Marshall lost by one at Memphis in its last road game, but its average losing margin on the road is 21.1 points per game.
The Green Wave (14-8, 2-5) could make for a tough visit, though it has stumbled in conference play. Tulane built its non-conference record feasting mostly on lesser foes. The Green Wave's non-conference strength of schedule ranks 326th in Division I.
Tulane is led by junior forward Josh Davis, who tops the Green Wave in scoring (17.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.9 per game). Those averages rank second and first in C-USA, respectively, and play a major factor in Tulane's plus-5.7 rebounding margin, third best in the conference. It's a quantum leap from the Green Wave's plus-0.6 rebounding margin last season.
Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant, a preseason all-C-USA first team pick, is second on the team with 14.8 points per game and leads Tulane with 2.7 assists per game. Herrion said the Green Wave won't make it easy with Coach Ed Conroy's spread offense.
"They'll still want to push and they'll shoot it quick," he said.
"They shoot 3s and shoot them well. When they make 3s, they're a different team. They're shooting quick in transition when they have the opportunity, but in the half court, they'll spread and be a little patient. The spacing on the floor, they try to get you extended so they can dribble-drive and kick or dribble-drive for scoring opportunities."
The Herd needs to notch its first road win if it wants to climb into the conference's top four and earn a first-round bye in the C-USA tournament. Spikes feels that Marshall's surge against UCF shows it can make a late run.
"With the team being on the same page, we can get this road win," he said. "We're desperate for one."
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.