Now that knee is healthy, and Spikes said that shows in what he can now do on the court.
"It's allowed me to really grab rebounds and really help out down low," Spikes said. "Last year, I couldn't do much. I couldn't do as much treatment as I wanted to. I did enough to play.
"This year, I got stronger and got my mind right and it's showing up. I'm able to help down low and do the things that Coach needed me to do."
Against the Bearcats, Marshall doesn't need to simply work the offensive glass. It needs to score when it comes down with the ball. The Herd may average 15.9 offensive rebounds, but they're averaging 13.1 second-chance points. They scored 12 total in their last two games, a loss to West Virginia and a comeback win versus Coppin State. Cincinnati doesn't just rebound. It scores as well. The Bearcats are fourth in Division I with 84.2 points per game.
Marshall should solidify its post game with senior forward Robert Goff's return. Conference USA suspended Goff one game after being ejected for a flagrant foul against WVU. Yet Tinnon and Spikes should continue as Marshall's dominant rebounders.
Tinnon repeatedly has said he wants to lead the nation in rebounding. He'll have a spirited race with Spikes for that honor, but that doesn't bother him.
"If he gets No. 1, I'll be happy for him and I'll take No. 2," Tinnon said. "If I'm No. 1, he can be No. 2. It's just something we both love to do. At the end of this year, we'd like to see our names at the top."
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.