Matt Barbato’s Outlook
Size will be the difference for the Golden Eagles this season. Marquette will not have a player taller than 6-foot-7 until Luke Fischer hits the floor Dec. 14. The onus is on Steve Taylor Jr. to fill the role as Marquette’s lone big man in the paint. Get ready for plenty of Juan Anderson at the four and even at the five. The backcourt will need to step up its play on both sides of the ball. Matt Carlino and Derrick Wilson started in the exhibition against Wisconsin Lutheran, but expect Steve Wojciechowski to utilize his full repertoire of guards. The player to watch is Duane Wilson. The redshirt freshman is one of the most talented players on the roster and he will need to provide a scoring punch. Deonte Burton is vastly talented as well, but needs to learn how to play within himself more. This team is thin, but there is a lot of untapped potential. If Wojciechowski can pull it all together and survive tough non-conference games against Ohio State, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and potentially Kansas or Michigan State, the Golden Eagles could exceed low expectations.
Prediction: Sixth in Big East, second round NIT.>
Trey Killian’s Outlook
Marquette will hope to make a statement with this season’s new-look squad, and Matt Carlino could be the glue that holds this team together. The graduate senior transfer is a grizzled vet by NCAA standards, and his experience will provide a boost similar to Trent Lockett’s in 2012-13. Steve Wojciechowski wants everyone to contribute to multiple areas of the stat sheet, and in the exhibition, Carlino displayed that do-it-all mentality to a tee. His stat line of eight points, 12 assists, six rebounds and six steals was no doubt bolstered by the strength of Marquette’s opponent, but in a game the Golden Eagles took seriously, he established himself quickly. While vocal leadership hasn’t been a priority for Marquette the last few seasons, Carlino should fill major roles as a leader by example, an opportunistic defender and a chief offensive catalyst. In what will be his last season as a college athlete and only season as a Golden Eagle, expect Carlino to leave it all on the court for his new teammates and swiftly endear himself to the Marquette faithful.
Prediction: Fifth in the Big East, loss in NCAA Second Round.