Pregame: Marquette Golden Eagles vs Purdue Boilermakers

This Tuesday, November 14th, the Boilermakers of West Lafayette, IN, will take on the Marquette Golden Eagles at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee at 7:30 pm CST.  Featured on FS1, this is the first Purdue/Marquette college hoops matchup since 1969, when the Boilers defeated the then Marquette Warriors 75-73.

 

PURDUE

Due to offseason recruiting success and some key returning players, Coach Matt Painter and the Boilers find themselves locked into the AP top 25 yet again, currently spotted at #19.  In this feature Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup, look for returning seniors Vincent Edwards and Issac Haas to play a major role in the Purdue scoring mix.  With Marquette lacking a prominent big man, Haas should be able to control the paint on the offensive end, with the option to kickout to any of Purdue’s guards including Dakota Mathias, Carsen Edwards, PJ Thompson, and Ryan Cline, who are all capable shooters from deep.  Marquette was ranked 127th in Division 1 basketball in defensive efficiency last season, and with Purdue averaging 108 ppg this season, there should be no shortage of production on the offensive end for the Boilers.

 

MARQUETTE

The Golden Eagles of Marquette, who some say are working through a rebuilding process, have the offensive weapons to compete with the nation’s best.  After graduating 7 footer Luke Fischer last season, it is safe to say that Marquette will live and die by the three ball until one of the current big men step into a greater role.  Returning sophomore Markus Howard lead the nation in three-point shooting percentage at 54.7% on the season, a stat closely chased by returning starters Sam Hauser and Andrew Rousey.  While still young, this Marquette team is no stranger to big games, knocking off the nation’s #1 team in Villanova just last January.  With home court advantage and the best offense in the Big East, Marquette should be able to make this matchup with Purdue a fun one to watch.

 

PREDICTION

Purdue 83, Marquette 74, with Purdue outlasting a Golden Eagle second half offensive surge.

 

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