The 2-0 Marquette Golden Eagles will hit the road Wednesday night as part of the 2018 Gavitt Games. Their opponent resides in Bloomington, as the Golden Eagles will be taking on the likewise 2-0 Indiana Hoosiers.
MU and IU will be meeting for just the fifth time in history and the first time since November 23, 2001. That matchup took place in the famous Great Alaska Shootout (long live it) and was boosted by a 30-point effort by some dude named Dwyane Wade in a Marquette victory. Maybe you’ve heard of him? That was MU’s only victory versus Indiana, as the Hoosiers took the three previous matchups in 1985, 1976 and 1973.
Indiana has dominated their lackluster competition so far. They allowed a combined 80 points in their victories over Chicago State and Montana State, and scored a combined 184. Not too shabby.
Unsurprisingly, Romeo Langford has taken the ball and run with it. Langford, a touted freshman out of New Albany, Indiana, leads the team in minutes percentage in the early goings of the year and is already one of their major contributors. He has made 11 of his first 13 2-point goal attempts from the field, so that’s some premier efficiency to say the very least.
Elsewhere, Justin Smith and Juwan Morgan have both been stout as well. Smith and Morgan have made a combined 19 of 27 2-point field goal attempts, which is quite good. The team has struggled from 3-point land, but don’t tell freshman Rob Phinisee. He’s off to a hot start, having made three of his first five attempts from deep.
It will be intriguing to see how the usually deft 3-point shooters of Marquette deal with IU’s defense. Granted, the competition has been lowly, but they’ve only allowed 17 percent of 3-pointers to be made. Conversely, Marquette has allowed just 19.1 percent of 3-pointers to be made against them. So, you might very well see some creative ways of getting guys open to attack the perimeter in this game.
MU will have to hope for a result more like the Bethune-Cookman game and less like the UMBC game. Granted, they won both games, but their offense was far more prodigious against the Wildcats than they were against the Retrievers.
Expect a potentially fun matchup here in one of college hoops’ signature venues.
HOW TO WATCH
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT
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