Before Duke tonight, Let’s look back at Marquette’s 4 previous games

Before everyone looks to the game in Kansas City and a game that will be on the National level, take a look at how the Golden Eagles have done so far this season in the past 4 games…

1. Three point defense has been awful all season long. They are allowing 8 made three pointers a game and allowing their opponents to shoot .41 % from downtown. That is a bad percentage because the three ball is what puts teams back into games like we saw against South Dakota and especially in Bucknell. This means their rotation is off and they need to make better adjustments as the season progresses.

2.This team is shooting 65% from the free throw lines. When the game is on the line and you have to hit two free throws, who do you want taking it? In this case, no one because they cannot hit it at the charity stripe. There is a reason they call it that too. It is FREE Throws. They need to start hitting it at the line if they want to win and advance far in any tournament this year.

3.They have a +14 in the rebounding margin so far this season. With a team this small, you love to see that on the stat sheet. You love to see this team look like they have grown in size when it is actually their heart. I like that about this team this year.

4.Averaging 12 pts a game is Senior, Dwight Byucks. I really like what this senior is doing on the floor. I love that when the team is down, he is quietly stepping up to the table and taking the challenges for the team. It is not only that he is taking the challenges, but he is actually pulling through and succeeding with it as well. He has started rallies, caused turnovers, played with injuries. This kid has stepped up big and the Golden Eagles might want to rely a little more on #23 this season.

5.Darius Johnson-Odom is shooting 2-12 from downtown this season. This doesn’t worry me, but it sends me a sign that what was once an easy look for him has caused him difficulty and may look somewhere else in his game to spark. He is a great talent and is a huge competitor but when the game counts the most, DJO has to hit those shots in order to get some W’s for the Golden Eagles.

6.Vander Blue has really had the green light so far this season for Marquette. He has played phenomenal defense and has been a spark plug going to the basket and doing the little things on the floor to win. With being the leader in steals (2.0 spg) and second in assists (3.8 apg), he has shown that defense can bode well with production on the offensive end (9 ppg). He has bought into the saying, “The harder you work, the better you get. ”

7.Finally, Jae Crowder has been a stud and I have known that since he has gotten here. The Junior College Player of the Year last year has put up big numbers and has been a huge provider for this team off the bench. He is averaging 11 pts and 8 reb. a game and has looked like last years #32 Lazar Hayward out there with his shot and low post moves. Crowder is just such a smart player who doesn’t turn it over, looks for his teammates in the open, and really looks out for the team and for a win. He is not here at Marquette for himself or his pride. For him, it is about we and not me.

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