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Marquette Basketball Season Preview
By Timothy Bryce | Posted Wednesday, October 31
The Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team is predicted to finish 7th in the Big East Conference according to both the coaches and writers. Lately this seems to be the Golden Eagles place in the Big East- middle of the road and with the types of players they have been recruiting, this sounds about right.
With this team, there are always three known's. Number one, we know that they will be undersized in almost every matchup. They have one player, a senior, Chris Otule who stands 6'11”, who is the tallest player on the team. Junior forward Davante Gardner is a large man at nearly 290 pounds, but only stands 6'8”. He is the second biggest player on the roster. After that, there is nobody who stands above 6'7”. The second thing is they will be scrappy on the defensive end of the floor. Always have been, always will be. Number three, somebody will step up out of nowhere to provide a boost for this team off the bench.
Marquette has always been a decent-to-good scoring team, last year they were a respectable 31st in the nation in scoring at 75 points per game. However they lost their two best scorers, Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, to graduation and the NBA draft. So where is the scoring going to come from? Well, the Golden Eagles are going to get a boost from a transfer, which seems to be the way to go these days. Trent Lockett, a senior guard is transferring in from Arizona State and will be able to play based on the NCAA's graduation rule. However, they will need more. Look for a freshman named Steve Taylor from the fabled Simeon High School in Chicago, Illinois which has produced many great players over the years, including in the 2010-2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, to provide a boost. The bottom line is, this team's success this season hangs on one question, can they find enough offense to compete?