Hornets buzz into Milwaukee

While struggling to 2-6 record against a schedule that has already included UCLA, Michigan, Rutgers, Wichita State, Bradley and Northwestern, head coach Greg Jackson brings in a hungry Delaware State squad that won MEAC regular season and tournament titles and gave Duke a serious scare in the first round of NCAA Tournament last year.

While struggling to 2-6 record against a schedule that has already included UCLA, Michigan, Rutgers, Wichita State, Bradley and Northwestern, head coach Greg Jackson brings in a hungry Delaware State squad that won MEAC regular season and tournament titles and gave Duke a serious scare in the first round of NCAA Tournament last year.

Jahsha Bluntt, a preseason first team All-MEAC player, leads the Hornets in scoring at 13.4 points a game, and at 6'6, 220 pounds, presents a tough match-up in backcourt.

Joining Bluntt as returning starters are 5'10 guard Darren Shine, 5.1 points and 3.5 assists per game, and 6'5 forward Troy Roundtree, averaging 3.3 and 1.8 rebounds per game.

The Hornets trademark under Jackson has been playing a deliberate, ball control style. On the season, Delaware State is holding opponents to 59 points per game, and has not allowed a team to score 70 points this season.

Against Delaware State's trademark 2-3 zone, Marquette needs to find their zone-buster, the sharp-shooting Steve Novak.

"We need to continue to find ways to get Steve open," states Marquette head coach Tom Crean. "He can shoot threes with anyone in America."

While Marquette appears to come into this game in top form, after soundly defeating the defending Mid-Continent tournament champions Oakland 90-69 on Monday, they cannot afford to look ahead against this pesky Hornets squad. Last season, Delaware State gave Marquette all it could handle in a narrow 66-60 loss, in which Bluntt scored 17 points and had 3 steals.

"We've been really locked into film sessions and walk-throughs, and the intensity of practice has been excellent," adds Crean. "However, we have to remember that Christmas break doesn't start until after the game tonight."

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