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Marquette Golden Eagles
RECORD: - REGION: Midwest  SEED: 3
COACH: Tom Crean CONFERENCE: Big East
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Holy Cross 1st Round W 72 - 68
Missouri 2nd Round W 101 - 92
Pittsburgh Sweet 16 W 77 - 74
Kentucky Elite Eight W 83 - 69
Kansas Final Four L 94 - 61


ESPN'S TAKE
 

with Jay Bilas

 

The Golden Eagles are a solid defensive team that relies upon great help-side defense and rebounding to win games. Marquette is tough, together, and has a signature star in Dwyane Wade, a do-everything guard that can score with explosive moves to the basket and defend with his long arms and athleticism. Travis Diener handles the ball and hits big shots. Rob Jackson is an inside scorer and rebounder, while Scott Merritt is a solid performer. Marquette is not a great transition team, but can run and scores efficiently with a variety of halfcourt sets. Marquette is tough and tough to prepare for. Get a lot of tapes if you draw them in the early rounds.

Player to Watch

Dwyane Wade
No player fits the city his school plays in more than this junior All-American with skills well beyong just scoring.

Team Statistics
 

How They Got Here
With a second consecutive big season, the Golden Eagles have re-established themselves as a national power. Tom Crean's team has taken his defense-and-rebounding mantra and become even more Michigan State-like than Michigan State.

Junior wingman Dwyane Wade has had a national Player of the Year-caliber season, leading Conference USA in scoring and ranking in the top 10 in assists, steals, blocked shots and field-goal percentage. He also grabs 6.1 rebounds per game and is lethal off the dribble. Don't expect to see him back for a senior season.

But that was more or less expected out of Wade. The guy who came through and elevated Marquette to C-USA regular season champion status is sophomore point guard Travis Diener, whose penchant for hitting big perimeter shots filled the void left by Cordell Henry. The other player to step up was junior power forward Scott Merritt, who finally began fulfilling his potential. Center Robert Jackson has been a consistent low-post force after transferring from Mississippi State as well.

The only thing that separated Marquette from a 16-game regular-season winning streak was a long-range three by Reece Gaines with five seconds left in mid-February. Some early road struggles were easily overcome as the season went along.

What We Like
No team in the Dance has a better scorer off the dribble than Wade, who is virtually unstoppable when his 3-point stroke is right. The taste of last year's tournament -- and a dispiriting first-round upset loss to Tulsa -- should help the Eagles this time around. With size, decent quickness and a serviceable bench, Marquette doesn't have many weaknesses.

What We Don't Like
The quarterfinal C-USA tournament loss to UAB was just the latest March pratfall for Marquette. Crean's postseason record is now a sketchy 3-5, which is the only thing separating him from the top of his profession. Also: Does this team have enough low-post offense if Wade is somehow locked up?

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Dwyane Wade 6-4  220   21.56.34.131.9.504.776.297
  Robert Jackson 6-9  255 Sr 15.87.40.728.6.563.783.000
  Travis Diener 6-1  175 Sr 11.53.45.734.5.392.822.356
  Scott Merritt 6-10  245 Sr 9.96.81.729.3.474.780.100
  Todd Townsend 6-7  200 Sr 6.52.72.025.6.462.676.389
  Steve Novak 6-10  225   6.12.20.515.0.500.929.488
  Terry Sanders 6-8  225 Sr 2.92.90.515.9.536.629.000
  Joe Chapman G-F  6-4  210 Sr 2.31.30.610.0.422.333.385
  Karon Bradley 5-11  190 Sr 1.40.40.68.2.292.600.333
  Chris Grimm F-C  6-10  245 Sr 1.00.70.15.4.571.583.000
  Jared Sichting 6-0  160 So 0.80.20.01.31.0001.0001.000
  Tony Gries 5-10  170 Jr 0.60.20.21.8.000.750.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
CincinnatiW, 70-61   
UABW, 98-87   
@ LouisvilleW, 78-73   
@ TCUW, 79-68   
CharlotteW, 75-67   


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