"You only gain experience by going through experience," Herrion said. "You've got to play. They did a terrific job against Coppin and really earned the opportunity. Through other circumstances, they'll likely have the chance to play more."
Manning felt he did well with his extended playing time. He had an idea he'd see more action than usual against Coppin State, but didn't know he'd take the floor in the first half. Moving forward, the freshman said he had to approach practice with a slightly different mentality. He wanted to boost confidence, both his self-confidence and his teammates' confidence in him.
"Going out there and playing against Coppin State, I think I gained a lot of confidence, showing them I can handle the ball and get us into the offense," he said. "Going against Cincinnati, we're preparing for a good team and I know they'll need me to handle the ball and not turn it over."
Roles won't change solely at one position. Players will have to pick up the scoring slack, which could mean a greater focus on guard D.D. Scarver and forward Elijah Pittman. Herrion said the team will have to play more to its strengths. That could mean greater focus down low with forward Dennis Tinnon and center Nigel Spikes. The Herd has won four of its last five games and the schedule only gets tougher, with Cincinnati on Saturday, Savannah State at home Dec. 19 and Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Dec. 22.
What all the players must do, Herrion said, is embrace the opportunities they'll now have and take advantage of them.
"You don't want guys to knock on the door," he said. "You want them to crash through it."
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.