Posted on: March 7, 2009 11:38 am
Edited on: March 7, 2009 4:49 pm

Marquette Golden Eagles Game Preview

#13 Marquette Golden Eagles 23-7 (12-5)


Marquette Starting Lineup:

G Maurice Acker Jr.

G Jerel Mcneal Sr.

G Wesley Matthews Sr.

F Lazar Hayward Jr.

F Dwight Burke Sr.


Key Bench Players:

G/F Jimmy Butler Soph.

G David Cubillan Jr.


Previous Game:  Marquette lost it's 3rd straight with a 90-75 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  After Pitt got the lead up to as many as 10 in the first half, the halftime score was 36 to 43 in favor of Pitt.  Then in the second half Marquette went on a big 21-5 run to go up by 9.  Pitt answered with their own run going on a 21-2 run in 10 minutes.  Pitt gradullay pulled away from there.  Lazar Hayward led Marquette with 22 points and 10 rebounds.


Game Preview:  When Dominic James went down with a broken foot to end his career, Marquette was a top 10 team, now 3 games later they are 0-3 without him.  Marquette now relies heavily on the play of 3 players, Jerel Mcneal, Lazar Hayward and Wesley Matthews, who will all most likely play 40 minutes today.  Outside of those three, the cupboard is bare, the next best threat is F Jimmy Burke at 4.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg.  For Syracuse to go into Marquette and beat them on Senior Night, they need to do 3 things.  Defend, Paul Harris said earlier this week that the team needs to realize Boeheim loves zone, so they need to work hard at it and play it well.  Lately Cuse has been stellar on defense allowing teams to shoot just 39% from the field along with 55 ppg.  Secondly is rebound.  Marquette is a very small team tallest player is Dwight Burke at 6 foot 8.  Syracuse needs to be tenacious on the boards, Onuaku, Jackson and Harris need to hit the boards all night.  Lastly is RUN.  Marquette wasn't deep with Dominic James, now without him they are even thinner with really 5 guys that are viable players, 3 of them should play all 40 minutes.  If Syracuse runs and runs and runs like we've seen all season they have a great chance for the W.  The key matchup is Onukau v. Burke.  Expect Marquette to double AO in the post leaving someone wide open on the outside.  If they don't double down Onuaku should be able to go to work all night against Burke.


My Prediction:  Syracuse seems to have locked up a bid after 3 straight 24+ point wins.  This game is huge for BET seeding and NCAA tournament seeding.  It is Senior Night and Marquette will be playing for DOminic James, but I think Marquette is going to really continue to struggle without James, they are just too thin.  I don't see them getting very far in the BET or the NCAA's if they don't get it together.  Syracuse wins it 86-77.


Final Score: 86-79 Syracuse OT




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