MubbCap: Marquette Throws Away a Big East Title
In sports, you cannot expect to win a game or a tournament. It doesn’t matter the sport. If you come out with that feeling, you’re likely going to get smacked in the mouth. Marquette proved that to everyone at the Fiserv Forum or watching at home. Golden Eagle delivered their worst effort of the season losing 66-60 to Creighton. It’s a devastating loss for Marquette as they’re battling for a three seed and a chance to win the Big East outright. Instead, they’re now tied with Villanova. All Marquette had to do was handle their business at home, and they delivered a pathetic, sloppy performance. It’s hard to put into words how maddening this game was for any Golden Eagles fan.
Player of the Game: Markus Howard – Amid some poor decision-making, Howard was a catalyst yesterday for Marquette offense. He had 33 of the 60 points scored yesterday. Golden Eagles cannot have games like this one in the tournament (Big East or NCAA) where they put all their eggs in Markus’s basket. He played nearly the whole game only sitting out for one minute. I would have loved to see more assists from him yesterday. The opportunity presented itself when the double-teams came but Howard absorbed them versus giving it up.
Silver Star: Martin Krampelj – What’s weird about this game for Creighton is they did not really have one player that stood out. Karmpelj is their best player, and he had some moments on the court. He put Joey Hauser on a poster early on and presented a unique matchup that Marquette struggled with yesterday. Krampej finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Thing I didn’t like: Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers – If you asked me to pick my favorite turnover of the day, it had to be the eight to four minute mark of the second period. Marquette turned the ball over four straight fucking possessions. Four straight times they came up the court and gave the ball away to someone in a blue jersey. It was disgusting to watch because this isn’t the team Marquette has been all away. They suddenly decided to become a team that gives away more gifts than Santa Claus in the last two games.
Other Thing I didn’t like: Lack of Steve Wojciechowski adjustments – Not sure if Wojo trusted his guys too much or what, but the lack of second half adjustments from the head coach was not a good feeling. Joey Hauser did not belong on that court. He had five turnovers including a brutal stretch in the second half. Same goes with the high trap on Howard. How the hell did Wojo and the coaching staff not put a screener out there to free up Howard? Why did they let him die each and every time down the court?
Next up: They head to Seton Hall for a quick turnaround on Tuesday night. Hall is right on the bubble and like Creighton, they could use a win against Marquette to help their resume. If you remember the first time these two met, it was a turnover-filled afternoon with Marquette pulling away down the stretch. Hopefully, Marquette plays pissed off and delivers a statement in this one.