It's not just improved shooting and offensive efficacy that Marshall players must work on, Spikes said. The Herd also has to become sharper mentally. He considers that a little perplexing, since he's one of seven juniors or seniors on the roster.
"Mental focus, that's our biggest breakdown," he said. "When things go bad for a little bit, we mentally break down. That's when we allow the turnovers, have slip ups on defense, bad execution on offense.
"It is kind of surprising. I guess our leadership isn't as strong as we need it to be. We're going to change that. Our season is not over. We're going to pick it up."
The Herd doesn't have much choice if it wants to give itself a shot at a good postseason tournament. Heading into the Kentucky game, Marshall had no wins over a team in the RPI top 100. It did, however, have three losses to teams with an RPI of 103 or worse. That index plays a pretty big part in NCAA Tournament berths, and those numbers aren't on Marshall's side.
That means the Herd likely will have to win the C-USA Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament. When Marshall returns to the court, it will have only the Delaware State game and a Jan. 5 trip to Ohio before C-USA play begins.
Time is running out for Marshall. When the team comes together again on the practice court, it will be putting in plenty of work. Herrion said that was a given. But Tinnon thinks that work should begin for every player a lot earlier.
"I hope that everybody else that's going home and taking a break, they're able to realize that there's something they need to work on to make us a better team."
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