After another dominating performance on Friday night, Marquette will turn their attention to an undefeated Mississippi squad in the second round of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Golden Eagles soared past Winthrop, scoring over 90 points for the third time in three games and shooting over 57 percent from the field.
Marquette has had no issue putting the ball in the hoop this season, as Darius Johnson-Odom, Vander Blue, and Jae Crowder all are averaging over 16 points per game. With their leadership, Marquette has become one of the top 10 scoring offenses in the nation.
Where Marquette's offense has flourished this season, Mississippi's has faltered. Ole Miss is averaging only 64 points per game and is shooting 37.5 percent from the field while Marquette, on the other hand, has scored 95 points per game and racked up an impressive 55.6 percent shooting percentage.
Despite their poor offensive output, Mississippi has started their season off with three consecutive wins and will pose a considerable challenge for the Golden Eagles. The Rebels' stifling defense has carried their team, as they have only allowed opponents to score 45.3 points per game on 31.5 percent shooting.
In a game that seems to be shaping up to be Marquette's high-powered offense versus Mississippi's lockdown defense, something will have to give. If the Golden Eagles are to win, they will need someone to come up with breakout performance similar to Vander Blue's on Friday night.
Though Blue had reached double digit scoring in each of the two games leading up to Marquette's matchup with Winthrop, no one was expecting him to hit his first nine shots from the field and lead the Golden Eagles with 26 points. Look for a bench player like Jamil Wilson or Jamail Jones to come up big this weekend.
Conversely, Ole Miss will be looking to sophomore point guard Dundrecous Nelson to lead them to victory. Nelson is the Rebels' leading scorer, averaging 12.3 points per game while also commanding opponents' attention on the defensive side, accumulating 3.3 steals per game.
Coach Buzz Williams will likely look to his point guard tandem of Junior Cadougan and Derrick Wilson to keep Nelson in check on both offense and defense. So far this year, Cadougan has seemed to thrive offensively while Wilson has been able to make an immediate impact on the defensive side of the floor as a freshman.
Freshman Juan Anderson will be suiting up for the first time on Sunday after serving a three game NCAA suspension. His role will likely be limited; don't be surprised if he gets into the game. Tipoff will be at 7:30 pm CT.
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