Carlino can shoot
BYU Cougars transfer Matt Carlino flashed the type of talent that made his move to Milwaukee such a brilliant one. Carlino scored a career-high 38 points against Georgia Tech, and each made field goal was from deep. He shot 8-14 from the 3-point line, and added to his totals with a near pristine mark of 14-16 from the free throw line. Only one other player, that being Juan Anderson, got into double figures for the Golden Eagles, so it's fair to say that his ability to be their go-to guy against Georgia Tech was pivotal to their successes. Expect that to be a trend going forward.
The Marquette defense was abysmal through their first four games of the season. Coming into their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Ramblin' Wreck, Marquette ranked 325th in 2-point defense, 284th in 3-point defense, and 321st in Effective FG% allowed. On Thursday night however, the Golden Eagles showed a bit of promise on their end. They allowed Georgia Tech to convert on just 44.4 percent of their field goal attempts, and what's more is that along the perimeter it was even more promising. The usually weak defense -- which allowed 38.3 percent of 3-point takes to be made -- along the perimeter only omitted seven of the 24 3-point shot attempts from the Yellow Jackets to be made. For what it's worth, Georgia Tech is 198th in 3-point percentage (31.3 percent), and 71st in 2-point percentage (52.7 percent). Perhaps it was an off night for Georgia Tech, but the usually above average shooting Yellow Jackets could not find the basket against Marquette. And that, if nothing else, is something to hang their hats on.
Burton's scoring struggles continue
There was much hullabaloo about Deonte Burton coming into the season. He was penned as one of college basketball's "breakout candidates" by many publications, and as such, many were expecting big things. At the surface though, Burton has not yet gotten it going. Coming into the night averaging 7.5 points per game, Burton put up just two points and took only two shots. This isn't the first time this season that Burton has scored such few points, as he put up a deuce against Ohio State last Tuesday. He's been a significant contributor, amassing 22.6 percent of possessions -- which would be the second highest of any Golden Eagle -- and he's been stout at drawing fouls this year. But, we'll see if he can get higher point totals churning up. As Anonymous Eagle reminds us, maybe we need to think up some new descriptions for him:
We need a better description than "bull in a china shop" for Deonte. Kid's a tornado in a window factory.— Anonymous Eagle (@AnonymousEagle) November 28, 2014