Marshall plays at Hofstra on Nov. 18, but doesn't have to board a plane again until Jan. 12 (UTEP) in the second Conference USA game of the season.
On another scheduling note, Marshall's four-game series with Akron has been deferred one season. The Herd and Zips were supposed to play Dec. 29 of this season, but now Marshall will visit Akron in 2013-14 and 2014-15 before the contract concludes in Huntington in 2015-16.
That game getting nixed means that after Marshall visits Kentucky on Dec. 22, it won't play again until Jan. 2 at home against Delaware State.
Marshall went 21-14 last season and reached the NIT for the first time since 1988. But the program hasn't reached the NCAA Tournament since 1987 or won a game in one of the two major postseason tournaments in 45 years.
Herrion hoped last season's run to the C-USA finals could change the NCAA fate, but the selection committee rejected the Herd. Herrion and the schedule-makers did their part, however, as Marshall finished with a strength of schedule of 23 and non-conference strength of schedule ranked ninth in college basketball.
That schedule also featured 10 games against teams that reached the NCAA Tournament the previous season.
"I think we knocked on the door," Herrion said. "We can say what we want, but we didn't get the job done enough in the conference schedule. No one's told me that, but in my heart of hearts, is why we weren't ... at the end of the day, we might have been on the cusp of the NCAAs but we didn't get it done in the regular season in the conference.
"Our non-conference was fine. We had quality."
Last season Marshall won at Cincinnati, lost to WVU in the annual Charleston matchup and couldn't pull off the comeback at Syracuse.
In terms of major conference opponents, the Herd went from three to four with Kentucky and Villanova replacing Syracuse. Then there's Ohio, which won 29 games and nearly reached the Elite Eight.
Nevada, which won 28 games and went 13-1 in the WAC, is coming to the Henderson Center.
South Dakota State reached the NCAA Tournament behind 27 wins and a higher RPI than the Herd.
In that nearly two-month stretch where Marshall travel is minimal, it'll only face two teams that finished below .500 last season: UNC-Wilmington and Coppin State.
"I think this group of guys is ready to play against this type of schedule and compete against some of the best programs in America," Herrion said. "That speaks volumes about our basketball program."
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