Marquette Golden Eagles
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RECORD: - REGION: Midwest SEED: 3|
COACH: Tom Crean CONFERENCE: Big East
Road to the Final Four ...................................................................................
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|
No player fits the city his school plays in more than this junior All-American with skills well beyong just scoring.
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?