Marquette basketball against Big East Big Men

Marquette is having a year that is filled with high and low points. The high when beating #10 ranked Syracuse for the first time in many years and beating Notre Dame by 22 at the Bradley Center. Then the lows of losing to Louisville with an 18 point lead, losing to Vanderbilt on the last play, and losing to Wisconsin at the Bradley center in the instate rivalry.

While those wins and loses may mean something to many people, the thing that matters the most to me is how the big men in the Big East have taken Marquette to school. Take a look at these stats:

at Pitt: Gary McGhee: 12 pts 6 reb 3 blks Gilbert Brown: 14pts 7 reb 1 blk

at Louisville: Terrence Jennings: 7pts 8 reb (4 off) in 20 min of play George Goode: 7 pts 6 reb in 14 min of play

at Notre Dame: Carleton Scott: 11 pts and 10 reb 1 blk

vs. UConn: Jeremy Lamb: 24 pts Charles Okwandu: 10 reb Roscoe Smith: 11 pts 8 reb (5 off)

at Villanova: Antonio Pena: 14 pts 1o reb (2 off) 2 blks Mouphtaou Yarou: 18 pts 5 reb (3 off)

Special non-conference selection: vs. Duke: Mason Plumlee: 25 pts 12 reb and 5 blks

Notice how many offense rebounds have been given up. When your tallest player playing most of the game is Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler at 6 foot 6, I don’t think you are going to win many ball games. The rebounding has killed them all year and if they get a few possessions from those rebounds, they could have upset so many teams. It is just so hard to win without a big man who can rebound and block shots for you.

I have always said that Marquette always needed a player like a Blake Griffin or Amare Stoudemire type. A guy who can rebound the basketball at will and attack the basket with force to get to the free throw line. Unfortunately, Marquette and Buzz Williams only wants to pick up guards who are fast, can shoot the ball, and can play at multiple positions.

Without a quality big, does Marquette ever think they will advance far in the NCAA tournament let alone the Big East year after year? They have shown in the past they can be effective. But how long will effective be not enough?

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