Similar to the early years of the Buzz Williams era, a suffocating press will be key for the Golden Eagles to have success in a difficult non-conference and Big East schedule. All afternoon, the Golden Eagles didn’t give the Warriors of Wisconsin Lutheran an inch of floor space. This led to a few occasions where the Golden Eagles were caught out of position and allowed easy opportunities for Wisconsin Lutheran. On this day Marquette benefited from multiple errant passes, but against the likes of Ohio State and potentially Michigan State or Kansas at the Old Spice Classic, the Golden Eagles may not be so fortunate.
Talls and Smalls
One of the big questions going into this season was about Marquette’s low post presence. Early on in todays contest, junior Steve Taylor Jr. answered those questions by snagging nine first half boards, he would finish the day with 11. On the afternoon, Marquette finished with 45 boards total featuring eight from Juan Anderson, seven from Sandy Cohen, in addition to STJ’s 11. It is important to note that next month the Golden Eagles gain the services of Indiana transfer Luke Fischer. While Wojo would like to be able to play a high-pressure defense leading to a fastbreak offense, the ability for Marquette to have a low post presence in Anderson, Taylor and Cohen is vital for second chance opportunities.
Allow Me to Introduce Myself-Matt Carlino
If Marquette fans were unfamiliar with Matt Carlino’s game before Saturday, they learned fast what the BYU transfer is all about. The graduate student has a motor that is always running. Early and often on Saturday, Carlino was either pressuring the inbounds passer, chasing down a lose ball, or disrupting whoever had the ball to force a turnover. Don’t let the defensive prowess fool you, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native averaged 13.7 points per game a season ago as a Cougar. On Saturday, Carlino finished with eight points, 12 assists, and five steals.
Senior Juan Anderson had an impressive afternoon against Wisconsin Lutheran, going for 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The California native showed glimpses of what made him a standout in high school by causing turnovers, getting out in transition, and throwing it down. What was most impressive about Anderson today was his athleticism on both ends of the floor. Whether this is a sign of things to come or just the byproduct of going up against lesser competition only time will tell. Regardless, today was another step in the development of a player, who will be vital to the Golden Eagles success this season.