In last night’s contest between Marquette and Purdue, where the Boilers were victorious with a score of 86-71, there were two major factors that separated the teams: Maturity and Size. While both teams boast a lot of raw talent, Purdue clearly won the battle of experience and length.
After a poor offensive start for the Boilermakers, their true colors shown during the second half of yesterday’s matchup with Marquette. Purdue had a size advantage at just about every position, creating matchup problems all over the court for the Golden Eagles, especially at the Center position, where the Boilers out-scored and out-rebounded Marquette 29-3 and 8-1 respectively.
Purdue put up 54 points in the second half, lead by seniors Vince Edwards, Isaac Haas, and Dakota Mathias, who all scored in the double digits. True sophomore Carsen Edwards chipped in 15 points with 6 boards and 3 assists, and seemed to be the X factor for the Boilers. While senior leadership is important for Matt Painter’s squad, (Carsen) Edwards has proven a capable leader despite only entering his sophomore campaign. Overall, Purdue had a nice showing in Milwaukee, and should only improve as the season continues.
Aside from a late first half run, Marquette’s offense looked underwhelming to say the least. Purdue’s defensive mobility gave Marquette’s shooters a problem, as they rarely could find enough space to get shots off. The offense became too reliant on Markus Howard and Andrew Rousey, and because these two were the only offensive outlets, they became an easy pair to defend. Until Harry Froling, who transferred to Marquette from SMU last season, is eligible to play, the Golden Eagles will have a gap at the center position. This lack of size was very apparent against the Boilers, who have two 7 footers on the roster.
The bright side of a loss like this is that it’s a good experience builder for a very youthful Marquette team. There are nine current underclassmen on the roster, including four freshmen who had never played against a collegiately ranked team before Purdue. Freshmen Theo John and Greg Elliot both played significant minutes in last night’s game, while Markus Howard continued to wow from three point land, shooting 4-8 from deep. Only time will tell if the Golden Eagles can develop enough to do something in Big East play, but it is quite obvious that there is a lot of talent on Steve Wojciechowski’s team.
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