Preview: Jacksonville

MU returns to the Bradley Center to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins.

The Golden Eagles have a lot to be thankful for after squeaking out a victory against Norfolk State to win the the U.S Virgin Islands Paradise Jam last Monday night. Marquette now turns their attention to Monday night's game against a struggling Jacksonville squad.

Despite scoring only 59 points in their last outing against Northfolk State, the 5-0 Golden Eagle's average of 88 points per game is the seventh highest scoring average in the nation. A key contributor to Marquette's scoring is their average of 10 steals per game and their average of 20 assists per game, which ranks sixth best in the nation.

Marquette's ability to force turnovers and move the ball around on offensive have lead to good shot selections for the Golden Eagles, who are shooting an impressive 52 percent from the field.

The Dolphins have not shared the same luck offensively as the Golden Eagles. Coming off a 45 point loss to Florida, the 2-3 Dolphins are averaging only 66.8 points per game. They also average 16 turnovers per game while only churning out 12 assists per game.

Although all of the Dolphins starters average more than 10 points per game, the numbers can be deceiving. Sophomore guard Keith McDougald (10 ppg) had a 21 point performance in the season opener against Florida State but only scored two points against Savannah State a game later.

Sophomore guard Aloys Cabell (12 ppg) scored 22 against Savannah St. scored but only recorded just two points against Bethune-Cook two games later.

Continuing the pattern of inconsistency, center Glen Powell scored one point against Florida after scoring 20 against Bethune-Cook. Jacksonville has talented offensive players, but the Dolphins have not put the pieces all together thus far in the season.

Marquette will most likely press Jacksonville early and often Monday night, similar to how Florida used the press to force the Dolphins to play at an uneasy tempo. Look for the Golden Eagle guards--Darius Johnson-Odom, Vander Blue, and Junior Cadougan--to attack Jacksonville's guards--Cabell, McDougald, and junior guard Russell Powell--in an attempt to wear Jacksonville out.

Coach Williams will look for big contributions from his bench, especially from guards Todd Mayo and Derrick Wilson, in an attempt to utilize the Golden Eagles depth and to take advantage of Jacksonville's struggling bench play.

If Marquette can control the tempo, take advantage of their depth, and prevent the Jacksonville starters from getting hot all at once, Marquette should be going into their matchup against #11 Wisconsin on a six game winning streak.

Tip off for Monday's game against Jacksonville is at 7pm CT at the Bradley Center.

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