Fouls on Fouls on FoulsWith a roster of only nine, staying out of foul trouble will be vital for Marquette this season. Against Tennessee-Martin, a combination of poor timing and lack of size led to the Skyhawks playing much of the game in the bonus. For any team, it is important to not commit the lazy foul, but for Marquette it is vital. In Friday night’s contest, Marquette found themselves in foul trouble early in the second half.
With about 13 minutes left, sophomore Deonte Burton found his way to bench after two quick fouls on back-to-back possessions. No more than five minutes later graduate senior Matt Carlino found himself in a similar situation after a foul and technical in rapid succession. On this night, Marquette was lucky that the players in foul trouble were guards, a position where the Golden Eagles have a plethora of guys to choose from. In the future, the likes of Juan Anderson or Steve Taylor Jr. could find themselves in trouble limiting the already few options to chose from down low.
A season ago at this time points where tough to come by. Marquette shot relatively well going 48% from the floor on Friday night against UT-Martin. More impressive, was the Golden Eagles’ 43.5 percent from behind the arc. On the night, Marquette had four players finish in double figures, highlighted by JaJuan Johnson who finished with 20 points in his first career start. In addition to his impressive point total, Johnson would finish his career night with four rebounds, four steals, and two assists. In order for Marquette to have any success this season, they will need the production of the underclassmen. Friday night’s season opener saw the freshman and sophomores combined for 44 of the team’s 79 total points.
Wipe the Glass?
It has been well documented that Marquette is both undermanned and undersized this season. Against UT-Martin, the Golden Eagles struggled on the boards as the Skyhawks had a 34-25 advantage. In reality, this number was probably exaggerated for Marquette, as most of their rebounds were mere tip-ins. While Juan Anderson managed to grab seven boards, Taylor was pushed around by UT Martin’s bigs all night. Wojo has made it clear that the team’s interior presence is still a work in progress, but Tuesday at Ohio State will be a litmus test for Marquette’s low post players and the progress of the program as a whole.