HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Tom Herrion is dealing with his own water crisis.
"You plug a hole and then you spring a leak," the fourth-year Marshall men's basketball coach said. "It's defense this night and offense another night."
Herrion's patchwork roster struggled with a little bit of everything Thursday night at the Henderson Center. Marshall lost to North Texas, 80-65, in its Conference USA home opener.
The outmanned Herd shot 30.8 percent, got outscored in both halves, outmuscled on the boards and out-toughed - according to Herrion - everywhere in between.
The 46-year-old head coach knows his popularity is waning.
A double-digit home loss couldn't have helped.
"I've got to do a better job, no doubt about it," said Herrion, who is 62-57 in his fourth season at Marshall. "Losing stinks. This is no fun for anybody. It's not fun for this staff, it's not fun for the players in the locker room, it's not fun for our fans ...
"Nobody understands, aside from probably my wife and my son, how I feel about letting down a fan base. We had a level of excitement when I got here and now people are looking at you like you've got the plague.
"I understand that. I'm a big boy. But we've got a lot of season left."
What, though, does Herrion and the Herd have to accomplish to salvage this season?
There are 13 Conference USA regular season games left, plus at least one in the conference tournament in El Paso, Texas. Marshall is 6-12 overall (0-3 in league play) and is 2-10 since Thanksgiving.
In that span, the Herd has won against Presbyterian, which is ranked No. 351 out of 351 Division I teams in the RPI, and NAIA program Alice Lloyd.
"We're challenged on a couple fronts," Herrion said. "We're limited from a roster standpoint. Injuries caught up to us a little bit; it's really shrunk us down.
"We've had a frustrating level of consistency individually and collectively. Some of that is our youth and inexperience."
Marshall has nine available scholarship players. Six of those are first-year players - transfers, junior college additions or academic non-qualifiers - and another, former walk-on Austin Loop, played his first game on scholarship against North Texas.