Marquette Golden Eagles (5-2) vs. Longwood Lancers (3-5)
Bradley Center– Milwaukee, Wis.
Day/Time: Saturday, 1 pm CST
Coverage: MUTV/GoMarquette.com. Robbie Shimp (play-by-play) and Todd Warner (analyst) will call the action.
The Marquette Golden Eagles return to the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon to face the Longwood Lancers, the first of a five-game home stand.
After narrowly defeating UWM last Saturday, the Golden Eagles have had a week to prepare for the Lancers. MU coach Buzz Williams hopes that the team can develop some consistency as the season moves along.
"I want to get in a rhythm relative to our team over a 40-minute game," Williams said. "I don't care who starts and who finishes; I want us to play a 40-minute game, and what's the best way for us to do that."
As Williams continues to search for the best combination of players, the Golden Eagles will have certain areas of their game tested on Saturday afternoon.
In particular, MU will likely have to sure up their three-point defense. According to Kenpom.com, Marquette allows opponents to shoot 39.9 percent from downtown, which ranks them 302 in the nation. Meanwhile, a large percentage of the Longwood offense comes from downtown (36 percent of their points) and they do it pretty efficiently (38.5 percent).
Reserve guard Martiz Washington leads the Lancers in three pointers, having made 21-of-53 on the year. Forward Jan van der Kooij has hit 16-of-his-41 attempts from beyond the arc and reserve freshman Mark Parker has been lights-out to start the season at 13-of-17.
One area the Golden Eagles might be able to expose the Lancers is from inside the paint. Longwood is fifth worst in the country in defensive efficiency and they are allowing teams to shoot 59 percent inside the arc. MU has been successful in that area this year, ranking 23rd in two-point field goal percentage (54.8 percent).
The Lancers don't line up a lot of height in the frontcourt with six-foot-six Antwan Carter manning the middle. He has, however, been an effective rebounder averaging double figure. Joining him in the frontcourt is the aforementioned van der Kooij.
In the backcourt, Longwood is filled with experience. Senior guard Aaron Mitchell leads the attack averaging 15 points-per-game. Junior guards Jeremiah Bowman and Duran Neil join him in the starting lineup. In addition, Washington provides a scoring punch off the bench, averaging 10.1 points per game.
The Lancers have given up 80-or-more points in all five of their losses, including 113 in their season-opening loss to Kansas. They have shown an ability to score the ball this season, ranking 17th in scoring offense. MU's ability to get into the lane and finish should prove to be too much for Longwood to handle.
G –#1–Jeremiah Bowman (6'2" 188 lbs, Junior) --- (11.6 ppg, 5.1 abg, 1.1 spg; 67% 3PT)
G –#20–Aaron Mitchell (6'2" 188 lbs, Senior) --- (15.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.5 apg; 51% FG)
G –#25–Duran Neil (6'1" 185 lbs, Junior) --- (9.1 ppg, 3.8 apg)
F –#33–Jan van der Kooij (6'7" 218 lbs, Junior) --- (9.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 39% 3PT)
C –#4–Antwan Carter (6'6" 225 lbs, Junior) --- (15.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg; 60% FG)
G –#2–Martiz Washington (6'0" 170 lbs, Junior) --- (10.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 40% 3PT)
G/F –#21–Mark Parker (6'7" 192 lbs, Freshman) --- (5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 77% 3PT)
G –#13–David Robinson (6'4" 185 lbs, Freshman) --- (4.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
F –#44–Jeff Havenstein (6'8" 235 lbs, Freshman) --- (1.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
F –#22–Jeylani Dublin (6'6" 210 lbs, Freshman) --- (1.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
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