1. Feed the Bigs
Marquette jumped out to an early lead thanks to their play in the paint. The Eagles kept feeding the two-man power trip of Luke Fischer and Henry Ellenson, and the Jaguars had no answer inside. Ellenson had a game-high 18 points, while Fischer finished with 17. As the game went on and they fell behind, Marquette got away from the low-post game and let their slashers dribble drive and score. But what sets this team apart from the rest of the Big East is their two-headed monster under the rim. Feed your bigs early and take control of the contest.
2. Turnovers almost kept Marquette from their first win
Sloppy play allowed IUPUI to stay in the game, as Marquette committed 13 first-half turnovers in the ballgame, leading to 15 Jaguar points. The Eagles cut down on that number after the half, coughing up the ball just seven times, but their carelessness with the ball nearly did them in. MU needs to be more careful with the ball, especially with a date with Ben Simmons and LSU looming.
3. Sandy Cohen making the most of an increased role
After IUPUI took the lead late in the first half, Marquette's offense was in a bit of a slump, and their only productive outside scorer was Duane Wilson, until he picked up his third foul. Then Sandy Cohen checked back in and became the difference maker in this ballgame. He's driving to the basket, using that muscle grown over the offseason to go strong to the rim, and hitting clutch shots late in the game. Tonight was a good follow up performance from his 11-point, 6-rebound effort in the loss to Belmont. With two dominant bigs down low and a lack of upperclassmen on the bench, Wojo needs shooters he can trust, like Cohen, to flourish from outside and give his team another dynamic when they begin to fall behind. Good outing tonight by Cohen, who ended with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting.