Marquette looked to bounce back from two straight losses against IUPUI. They did just that, with a blow out win 86-50. Marquette came out firing on all cylinders going on a 18-2 run to start the game. They hit their first 4 threes including 3 from Juan Anderson. Marquette shot 64.9% for the game, their best since 2002. This was arguably the best offensive game of the year for them. The ball was never stationary, they were able to penetrate the zone, and knocked down the open shots. They had 28 assists on 37 made baskets. There were a lot of positives to come out of this win today. Here’s a few that stuck out to me.
Jamil Wilson: I think this was one of his best games of the season so far. He was terrific from start to finish. He was 7 for 10 from the field, hauled in 7 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists. This is what Marquette needs game in and game out from their best player. Jamil needs to be the leader of this team from the beginning of the game to the end and today he showed what he is capable of doing.
Juan Anderson: Juan after the game described himself of wanting to be the glue of the team. He was just that today. He made his first three shots from beyond the arc, finished up with 11 points. He also grabbed 4 rebounds, had 5 assists and a team high 5 steals. If Juan is able to knock down his shot consistently that will help open up the offense more and force defenses to stop sagging in the post. Anderson’s play is encouraging for an offense that has been lacking shooters.
The Freshman: Deonte Burton and Jajuan Johnson combined for 20 points and were a combined 10 for 15 from the field. Deonte Burton had a emphatic dunk in the second half that showcased the ability he possesses. Johnson has shown the ability to put the ball on the floor and create shots for himself and he showed his ability to hit the open guy in the passing lanes. These two freshman have provided a huge spark off the bench. Watching the growth of Burton and his ability to get the rim gives a lot of optimism for the impact he can make come the conference season.
Marquette had five players score in double digits, and five players had at least three assists. Buzz has continued to talk about the right to earn shots, and their unselfish play today with getting the ball inside and finding the open shot. Marquette earned the right today and it showed in the score. Next up for Marquette is Ball State on Tuesday night.