HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall men's basketball team got one goal out of the way Wednesday night - getting a win, as close as it was.
The Thundering Herd returns to the court Saturday to attempt something it hasn't accomplished since December - winning two in a row.
That won't be easy, as the Herd (11-14, 4-6 Conference USA) hosts C-USA's only ranked team, No. 22 Memphis at 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network).
The Tigers have won 15 straight, but it was the Herd that came the closest in that streak to toppling Memphis.
The Tigers (21-3, 10-0) pulled out a 73-72 win at the FedEx Forum.
Thundering Herd senior center Nigel Spikes expects another battle, this time at the Cam Henderson Center.
"Every time we play Memphis, it's always a good game," Spikes said. "That win (Wednesday) just helped us a lot. It'll help us get going through this next game. Hopefully, we'll capitalize on it on Saturday."
The Herd has not won consecutive games since winning three straight over Nevada, Morehead State and North Carolina-Wilmington between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1.
Marshall needed nearly all of the 40 minutes it played against Rice on Wednesday to secure a 71-70 victory.
The game featured 21 lead changes and 11 ties and the Herd finally sealed it with DeAndre Kane's only basket of the night, a cutting layup with 1:34 left after the Owls went to man-to-man defense for the first time all night. Kane was fouled on the shot, made the free throw and put the Herd up by five.
Marshall Coach Tom Herrion lauded the Herd's patience on offense, as it led to efficient and effective scoring. Marshall shot 51.1 percent against Rice, the team's third-best shooting performance of the season behind the Herd's wins over Central Florida (51.9 percent) and Nevada (51.6 percent).