MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES VS. LSU TIGERS
RANKINGS: Marquette (#56 KenPom) | LSU (#94 KenPom)
RECORDS: Marquette (2-2) | LSU (3-1)
TIME: 7 p.m. CT
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The Marquette Golden Eagles had a tough loss against the Wichita State Shockers. Absent Markis McDuffie, the Shockers still managed to tackle the Golden Eagles down and did so impressively. MU will now have to shift their focus to a feisty LSU Tigers team. The Tigers already took down the Michigan Wolverines in this Maui Invitational, but fell hard to Bonzie Colson and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday night. It might not be for first place, but it certainly would behoove Marquette to finish strong here and land third place in Maui. There’s no shame in losing to the Shockers. However, they will have to have short-term memory.
In Maui so far, Marquette has gotten 46 points from Andrew Rowsey and 47 points from Markus Howard. You want your stars to show up, of course. That being said, they’ve got to have more production. Against Wichita, the third-leading scorer was Haanif Cheatham... who had five points. Howard and Rowsey had 25 and 26, and the next-highest output was five points. That can’t happen, and that’s not a recipe for success. Keeping sophomore Sam Hauser out of foul trouble would likely be ideal for Wednesday’s contest, as he was plagued in the loss to the Shockers.
Not so muddy Waters
Tremont Waters is a name Big East fans probably recognize. That’s because the freshman standout for LSU was formerly a Georgetown Hoyas commit. He’s certainly showing why he was so touted so far, putting up two 20-point games this year. He has been a bit up-and-down though, as he also has two games of single digits. His trend suggests that he’ll go off against the Golden Eagles, so it would be wise for them to key in on him.