2012-2013 Season Preview: Marquette

Filed under Season Preview on November 7th, 2012
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Marquette basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 9 against AP Preseason 4th ranked Ohio State. Expectations are for the Golden Eagles to try to live up last season's performance. They lose 35% of their player minutes from last season and hope to replace that with the output of a Top 100 recruit and one other incoming freshman.

The biggest gap for Marquette to fill will be from long-range, as the team lost 71.1% of their three-point shooting. That's followed by scoring, where they drop 48.6% from last season.

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The Golden Eagles landed a #11 ranking in last year's final regular season AP Top 25 poll. Marquette finished last year with an overall record of 25-6 and placed 2nd in the Big East with a conference record of 14-4. The Golden Eagles went on to the Big East tournament where they lost to Louisville, 84-71. In the NCAA Tournament, they were seeded 3rd and lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Florida, 68-58. The Golden Eagles lost two key players to the NBA. Jae Crowder was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers at Round 2, #4. Darius Johnson-Odom went to the Dallas Mavericks at Round 2, #25. The Golden Eagles will also have to get by without Jamail Jones (transferred to Florida Gulf Coast).

The Golden Eagles bring back senior Junior Cadougan (5.4 assists/game), junior Vander Blue (8.4 points/game), junior Jamil Wilson (1.4 blocked shots/game), sophomore Todd Mayo (7.9 points/game), and junior Davante Gardner (9.5 points/game).

To fill in the gaps, Marquette brings in a Top 100 Recruit. Steve Taylor is a 6-7 forward from Chicago, IL and is the #82 ranked recruit in the country.

One other freshman joins the Golden Eagles, 6-4 Jamal Ferguson. Also coming aboard are 6-3 junior Jake Thomas (transferred from South Dakota), 6-5 senior Trent Lockett (transferred from Arizona State), 6-4 sophomore Dylan Flood, and 6-7 sophomore Garrett Swanson (transferred from Idaho State).

The Golden Eagles will look forward to seven games against AP preseason Top 25 teams, including #4 Ohio State on November 9th, at #10 Florida on November 29th, and #23 Wisconsin on December 8th. The first Big East game for Marquette will be on January 1st against Connecticut.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Marquette has had 7 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
  • Since 2002, Marquette has an overall winning percentage of 68.4%. The Golden Eagles have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 68.7%.
  • The Golden Eagles have an average conference finish of 5.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.8.
  • In a 10 year period, Marquette has signed 7 Top 100 high school players. Over 10 seasons, the Golden Eagles have signed 12 Top 100 players.
  • With 2 NBA draft picks last year, that brings the Golden Eagles total to 7 over the last 10 years.
  • With last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament, that makes 7 straight years the Golden Eagles have made it to the Big Dance.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 104.9.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Syracuse (#2).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Maryland-Baltimore County (#338).
  • Marquette has 7 Preseason AP Top 25 teams on the schedule.

Tags: Jamail Jones, Junior Cadougan, Vander Blue, Jamil Wilson, Todd Mayo, Davante Gardner, Jamal Ferguson, Jake Thomas, Trent Lockett, Dylan Flood, Garrett Swanson

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1 Villanova 29-5 16-2
2 Creighton 27-8 14-4
3 Providence 23-12 10-8
3 Xavier 21-13 10-8
3 St. John's 20-13 10-8
 6Marquette 17-15 9-9
7 Georgetown 18-15 8-10
8 Seton Hall 17-17 6-12
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2013-2014 Roster

#10 Juan Anderson Jr F 6-6 215
#30 Deonte Burton Fr G/F 6-4 230
#2 John Dawson Fr G 6-2 195
#34 Dylan Flood Jr G 6-4 200
#54 Davante Gardner Sr F 6-8 290
#5 JaJuan Johnson Fr G 6-5 185
#4 Todd Mayo Jr G 6-3 195
#42 Chris Otule Sr C 6-11 275
#25 S. Taylor Jr. So F 6-7 235
#23 Jake Thomas Sr G 6-3 205
#12 Derrick Wilson Jr G 6-1 215
#1 Duane Wilson Fr G 6-2 180
#0 Jamil Wilson Sr F 6-7 230