As the regular season begins to come to an end, questions still remain in Marquette basketball land. In this week’s installment of Monday Marquette Mailbag I answer some questions involving Marquette’s pivotal contest against Creighton on Wednesday. Please feel free to send in your questions to my Twitter handle: @KapN93.
“Who guards Dougie on Wednesday?”-Eric B @EBuss29
Dougie, aka Creighton’s Doug McDermott, has been causing teams problems because of his versatility and scrappiness. The favorite to win Big East player of the year, McDermott has been consistent all season with 25.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. On New Year’s Eve against Marquette, McDermott was held to his second fewest points in a conference game with nineteen. Jamil Wilson played a huge role in this shutdown due to his own versatility. Look for more of the same on Wednesday. With Wilson’s ability to keep up with McDermott in the post and from the outside, it only makes sense to put him on Dougie.
“Does a win against Creighton, after beating Xavier vastly improve Marquette’s tourney hopes?”-Chris C @GRANtorino_13
Marquette’s 81-72 victory over Xavier on Saturday definitely was the step in the right direction for the Golden Eagles. With their season on a metaphorical life support, every game presents itself as a must win. Looking forward to Wednesday, beating Creighton places Marquette in bubble watch consideration and does indeed vastly improve their tourney hopes. That being said, beating Creighton does not automatically put the Golden Eagles in the tournament.
If you asked me this question last week Chris, I would have said no. After learning that Joe “Mr. Bracketology” Lunardi had St. John’s on the bubble, I reconsidered. Marquette’s biggest problem is that their resume does not feature a quality win. If the Golden Eagles are able to pull off an upset against Creighton on Wednesday, and win all the games they are suppose to win the rest of the way, I can see them sneaking into the tournament. If they finish 20-11 in the regular season and 22-12 overall (win two in the Big East tourney) I think they make it.
“What is the biggest lesson the MUBB team can take away from the struggling season?”- Nate C @nathancraft2
Buzz has learned this season that, in the offense he likes to run, play making guards are a necessity. This is the first season in Buzz’s tenure at MU that he does not have a guard that can score on a consistent basis. When Derrick Wilson and Jake Thomas are not on, there is a failure to create any offensive rhythm. Todd Mayo has emerged as the leading candidate to be the go-to scorer on next year’s team. While at times he has looked like a big game performer, in other instances he disappears when they need him the most. Moving forward, Buzz has to make sure he has at least one guard that can put points on the board game in and game out.
Question of the day: “Where would this team be this year with Vander Blue?”- Aaron W @wockenfuss2
Oh the fateful Vander Blue “what if” question. With Marquette’s Achilles Heel being their guard play, it is obvious to say that with Blue on the team,the Golden Eagles would be better. How much better? Blue would make the Golden Eagles a lock for the tournament. There have been countless losses this season where all the Golden Eagles needed was something to get them over the hump. Blue’s play making ability late in games would have been that missing ingredient. It is hard to say for certain but I think the Golden Eagles would be sitting at 19-6 right now with Blue.