The Golden Hurricane (9-6, 1-0 C-USA) comes into the Henderson Center with some momentum. Despite scoring only 14 second-half points, Tulsa pulled out a 48-47 win over Southern Methodist in its conference opener, thanks to a 3-pointer by Pat Swilling, Jr., with 3.8 seconds left.
Tulsa will play shorthanded against the Herd.
The Hurricane has 11 scholarship players and has yet to play a game with all 11 healthy.
It's led to a small lineup. Only one of first-year Coach Danny Manning's five probable starters is taller than 6-foot-4. But 6-foot-4 freshman guard James Woodard (13.7 points per game), 6-foot-4 senior Scottie Haralson (9.8 ppg), and 6-foot-2 junior guard Swilling (10.9 ppg) have given Tulsa a boost.
"Swilling and Haralson change the game with their ability to make shots," Herrion said. "They're playing really small.
"With Haralson at the '4,' that really makes them hard to guard.
"They can really spread and ball-screen."
With the C-USA schedule becoming essential to Marshall's future fortunes, Tinnon said the Herd must reverse its current fortunes as soon as possible.
"There's going to be a point where it has to stop," he said. "Nobody wants to be losers. I know this group doesn't want to be losers. This group wants to win a lot of games. I think we're going to change it around."
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