With the addition of highly touted Henry Ellenson, the Golden Eagles look to have a formidable rotation in year two of the Wojo era.
As for Saturday, the future seemed far away at moments with the likes of Ryan Archidiacono knocking down shot after shot. Despite the Wildcats torrent pace, the Golden Eagles were able to keep this one competitive through much of the second half shooting 45.6 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles were able to win the battle in the paint, thanks to a 17-point outing from Luke Fischer.
#40 Luke Fischer
However, nobody stepped up bigger on the afternoon than Jajuan Johnson, who shot 50 percent from the field and behind the arc on his way to putting up 20 on the afternoon.
It’s never a great performance when the Golden Eagles lose, but it is impossible not to feel optimistic when 87 percent of the offensive production against Villanova is set to return next year.
Fair or Foul
When 11 players including 8 starters from both teams are in foul trouble you have one of two things. Either you have a really physical game or a strict officiating crew. On Saturday the ref’s called a game by the book, much like the beginning of last season, when the Golden Eagles found themselves in foul trouble early and often. While this rigid officiating may bother fans, and is often unwarranted, it is important to remember these guys are auditioning for jobs in conference championships and the NCAA tournament. A lot can be said about the officiating in this one, but it can’t be disputed that the calls went both ways.
At the 29.8 mark Luke Fischer ended his day by committing his fifth foul. At that moment, walk-on Michael Mache logged his first minutes of the season. In his gold, number 42 jersey, the Illinois native entered the contest to the loudest applause of the afternoon. Mache, who has long been a part of the Marquette women’s basketball program, was added to the squad after the departures of Deonte Burton and John Dawson. Moments later, Mache was in the thick of the action, and snagged an offensive rebound with about 20 ticks to go.
Despite the result, Michael Mache proved yet again that the narrative of sport makes us believe that anything is possible. When Mache entered the game he stepped on the court not just for himself, but for all of us who have dreamt of donning the blue and gold.