Hoopcap: Marquette’s 3-Point Game Buries DePaul
Allstate Arena is a house of horrors for Marquette. Any fan can tell you a story about how Golden Eagles ended up wtih a bad loss there throughout the last decade or so. DePaul will move into new digs next year so it will be unknown if that place will be haunted as well. Marquette gave a nice going-away present though scoring 92 points and collecting a sweep of DePaul to get them back on their winning ways.
Andrew Rowsey remains on fire
What a stretch for Andrew Rowsey. At the beginning of the Big East season, it was all about Markus Howard, and now, it’s all about Andrew Rowsey. He’s averaging 17 points per game in his last five and has over 20 points in his last three games. Rowsey’s range doesn’t exist. He hits from anywhere on the court. He’s shooting an amazing 65 percent from three in the past five games as well. He’s been an ignitor for this team and he’s perfect off the bench. Marquette still needs to figure out how to work both him and Howard on the court at the same time.
Winning is nice but defense still needs some work
Even though Marquette scored 90-plus points and made 14 threes, they struggled on the defense side of the ball. We’ll talk about Luke Fischer’s block party in a second, but that’s the only positive thing here. DePaul still had their way offensively and if they could have made a few stops, this is a much closer game. Marquette needs to figure something out. I’m not sure what it will take for this team to play defense, maybe sacrificing a chicken?
Haanif Cheatham had a different look to him.
Maybe the biggest takeaway from this game is Haanif Cheatham looked like the freshman version of himself. He played 36 minutes, the most on the team, and where he excelled was with the bench unit. Cheatham ran the offense with Duane Wilson, Katin Reinhardt, Andrew Rowsey and Matt Heldt in the game. Reinhardt and Rowsey would stalk the three-point line while Cheatham would drive in. This forced DePaul to choose whether to guard Cheatham or the shooters. This helped Marquette go on an 18-0 run and pull the game in Marquette’s favor. Expect to see this again on Tuesday night.
Luke Fischer is becoming a block machine
So what changed with Luke Fischer and his ability to block shots? It’s always been there, but Fischer would get into foul trouble if he jumped at every shot attempt. Not happening this time around. Fischer had a career-high seven blocks in one of his most impressive stat lines to date. This is the second time in five games Fischer had more than five blocks. He’s becoming a guy you don’t want to take the ball in against, and that might help Marquette’s defense.
Players of the game: Luke Fischer (Marquette), Tredarius McCallum (DePaul)
Next up: Marquette has a big showdown at home on Tuesday night when they welcome nationally ranked Butler into town. Golden Eagles could really use this win to springboard more of a case for the NCAA Tournament. Butler is struggling heading into this game losing the last two games, yet their offense mashed Marquette in the second half. Golden Eagles will want some payback. Same can be said for Fischer who looks for a big redemption game after getting no points and one rebound last time around.