Big indication: No Miracle on Glory Road this basketball season. It will, indeed, be a step-at-a-time for Coach Tim Floyd's "FroshSophs" who are now 7-8 after some games ending in Miner smiles.
In this Conference USA opener, Marshall took UTEP's life-blood Xs and Os strategy and slammed a fist on the Floyd chalkboard. Marshall just plain chest-bumped UTEP away, taking a 5-point halftime lead into a 76-60 win.
On Wednesday it was like a scene on an elementary school playground. The older guys just beat the holy living daylights out of the first graders, who were playing five freshmen and a football player fill-in as the educational poleaxing was coming to an end in Huntington, W. Va.
It was a bad night, statistically, for the Miners. In fact, en route to just a 5-point halftime lead, the Marshall team did have a rebounding run of 12-1 in those first 20 minutes. Rebounding is Marshall's forte, and the Thundering Herd moved the Miners' Xs and Os around like dumping over the tic-tac-do board.
This will happen again. And good nights will happen again this season. Marshall was a decent-to-good team, more so a good physical team that shot better than its average. And UTEP won't beat teams on nights like these this season.