2020 Tournament PreviewSenior and all-time Big East leading scorer Markus Howard is the beginning and end to the story for the 2019-20 Golden Eagles. He leads all of Division 1 in scoring at 27.6 ppg, and can catch absolute fire from distance at any point, with little separation needed. Under his leadership, it's no surprise Marquette sports the 13th-most efficient offense (per KenPom) and is 11th overall in team three-point shooting percentage (38.2). Simply put, if he goes down the Golden Eagles are likely in trouble, though Sacar Anim (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Koby McEwen (8.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg) were able to step up in a Jan. 29 victory over Xavier when Howard was limited due to a facial injury. Howard ended up not missing additional time again, and caught fire once again after shedding his protective mask to the tune of three consecutive 30-point games. Howard may not match that level of the effectiveness on the defensive end, but outside of him, all four starters stand at 6-foot-4 or greater. It's a bit of a surprise that length hasn't resulted in more turnovers, however, as the team ranks No. 343 nationwide in defensive turnover rate. While Theo John (5.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Jayce Johnson (3.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg) do a steady job inside, opponents still shoot 32.5 percent from beyond the arc (No. 145). Struggles on the defensive end have made this team a bit too inconsistent to rely on for a long tournament run, even if Howard puts them on his back.
Scouting Report Offense Defense
Efficiency 0.00 (0) 0.00 (0)
Pace 71.3 (64)
Effective FG% 51.56 (86) 46.80 (57)
Turnover % 16.51 (163) 13.38 (344)
Off Reb % 29.98 (113) 26.01 (91)
FTA/FGA 39.23 (37) 34.82 (238)
3P% 38.25 (10) 32.29 (124)
2P% 46.88 (276) 45.92 (51)
FT% 74.28 (76) 66.46 (20)
3PA/FGA 44.61 (29) 34.82 (97)
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NET: #26 RPI: #41
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Overall: (18-12) Conference: (8-10) Quad 1: (5-10) Quad 2: (6-2) Quad 3: (2-0) Quad 4: (5-0)
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