4 storylines for IUs game vs. Marquette

1. Golden Eagles flying high
Marquette has been building to this point under fifth-year coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former Duke point guard and coaching protege of Mike Krzyzewski. The Golden Eagles have a potential All-American in point guard Markus Howard, potent stretch forwards in brothers Sam and Joey Hauser and a deep assortment of complementary pieces on the wings. This week, Marquette made its first appearance in the Associated Press top 25 poll under Wojciechowski — and its first overall since Dec. 1, 2013. On the bench, Marquette also features former Indiana assistant Rob Judson, who is in his second season on Wojciechowski’s staff.

2. Focusing on Markus Howard
One of the top players in college basketball has Indiana ties. Howard, the reigning Big East Player of the Week, is the son of Chuck Howard, a former IU running back who lettered for the Hoosiers in the early 1980s. Markus Howard, meanwhile, is making his own name in basketball as one of the most electric shooters in the country. Howard is coming off a 36-point performance in Saturday’s runaway win over Bethune Cookman, sinking seven 3-pointers in the contest. “Markus Howard, probably right now I would say, is if not the premier scoring guard in the country, he’s going to be up there by the end of the season.”

3. Hoosiers on the mend
It’s not clear just how deep Indiana’s bench will be against Marquette. The Hoosiers are still trying to get a diagnosis on the “lower leg condition” that freshman wing Jerome Hunter is nursing. Hunter, a former four-star recruit, will miss his third consecutive game on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman forward Race Thompson is also expected to miss time while he deals with concussion-like symptoms stemming from a collision in Sunday’s practice. Archie Miller said that guards Zach McRoberts (lower back) and Devonte Green (thigh contusion) will be game-time decisions. “They haven’t done much since our last game,” Miller said. “It’s been slow recoveries. We’re banged up in general right now, so it’s going to put pressure on everyone.”

4. Going through the paint
As easy as Marquette found things on the offensive side of the floor last season, it struggled mightily on the defensive end. The Golden Eagles posted the Big East’s worst defensive efficiency rating during conference games last year, with the bulk of their struggles coming around the paint. Opponents shot nearly 54 percent inside the arc against Marquette during the 2017-18 conference season, which could bode well for IU. Senior Juwan Morgan commanded the ball in Friday’s win over Montana State, posting 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Indiana doesn’t want this to become a jump-shooting contest, and if it can effectively feed Morgan and others in the paint and along the baseline it has a good chance to claim an important non-conference victory.

5 comments

  1. Wow…If you missed Georgetown vs. Illinois tonight, you missed a fantastic basketball game. Track meet and a plethora of freshmen talent on both squads. Great crowd too….I believe I heard State Farm gave free tickets to students. The place was electric.
    That Georgetown team is really fun to watch. Patrick Ewing was a superb hire….He is certainly a presence on the sideline. Wiping his perspiration continually….dripping in sweat with his soaked Hoyas towel draped over his very dapper plaid suit….Seems like such a gentle giant. But don’t kid yourself, he has real command of his team and respect from his team. Fun stuff.
    And I must say, Patrick has located him some ballers. Wow. Could be a very dangerous team real soon.

    College hoops is ON! Time to rock the cazzzzz (not to be confused with Cassie Russell).

  2. Another note: The FS1 sports analysts, production, camera crews, set… are sooooooooo far superior to the BigTen Network. BTN is so bush league….Hell, just give me back the old Channel 4 crew from Indy/Bloomington. Most of you probably too young to remember Channel 4 on the dial(dial…as in a round turning dial on your television which required you to get up off the chair and surf between six different channels. Back in the day when decisions were easier and broadcasters were married to the network for decades).

    Anyway, glad we’re on FS1 Wednesday night.

  3. That was a good game. week or so of watching the TV games and it’s getting harder to find any pushover teams.

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