The phrase "trap game" is often overused in sports.
In Marquette’s last non-conference game before starting BIG EAST play, it would make sense for today’s game against Morgan St. to fall into that category.
However, the 2-10 Bears don’t seem to a formidable foe for Marquette at the Bradley Center.
Do the Bears have enough?
Morgan State’s two victories this season have come by a combined two points and of their 10 losses, seven of them have come by double digits.
Couple that with the fact that they score almost 58 points per game, near the bottom of Division 1 and struggle on the glass, and this game would seem to be leaning heavily towards a blue and gold victory.
MU is entering the game on a three-game winning streak and will look to keep newcomer Luke Fischer hot.
The Indiana transfer is averaging 15.7 points per game, but will be going up against a taller Zech Smith of Morgan St.
Smith has only averaged 2.2 points per game this season, but the 7-footer had a breakout 19-point, 15-rebound performance in the Bears 73-69 loss to Manhattan.
Free Throw Shooting
The Golden Eagles have only shot 68 percent from the free throw line as a team this season. In a game where they should have the advantage, a lack of free throw shooting might be the only way the Bears hang in there.
The BIG EAST "gauntlet" seems to be coming back, so these are the wins Marquette needs to not only win, but win handily heading into conference play.