Player Grades: Marquette at Pittsburgh

Junior Cadougan (2 pts, 2 ast, 3 reb) Junior was playing very well prior to his ankle injury, but was forced to sit out all of the second half and overtime. Now it becomes a waiting game to see the severity of the injury. NA

Vander Blue (22 pts, 4 ast, 3 reb) Vander has transformed from a player who you dreaded taking a shot, to a player whose hands you want the ball in at all times. Not only was he hitting from beyond the arc, but he had a pair of great drives and a nice touch to boot. He also came up clutch in the overtime, hitting all eight of his free throws to help ice the game. A

Juan Anderson (8  pts, 5 reb, 1 ast) The Skinny Sheriff  had one of his best games of his career, scoring all eight of his points in the first half. He hit two fluid threes and was very disruptive on the glass. He deserved more playing time in the second half, but the way Jamil was playing, there was no way Anderson would be seeing much of the floor. A-

Chris Otule (5 pts, 2 reb, 3-4 FT) Otule’s free throw shooting alone merits him plaudits, but the big man did a great job bodying up Steven Adams and an even better job sealing space for Vander drives. Another solid prefomance from Chris. A-

Trent Lockett (2 pts, 3 stl, 2 reb) A quick glance at Lockett’s stat line would give you the impression that he played an awful game. However, what the stats fail to mention is how his hustle and tenacity on defense and on the offensive glass positievly impacts the game. There’s a reason Buzz kept him out there down the stretch and through all of the overtime period. B

Davante Gardner (13 pts, 8 reb, 2 TO) Gardner had a prototypical great game, going 6-6 from the floor in 29 minutes. Had he held up the ball and gotten fouled instead of dribbling down the court and making an errant pass with under 20 seconds left in the second half, Marquette wins in regulation and he gets an A. Still, one mistake does not outweigh all of the positives, playing the final six minutes of regulation and all five minutes of overtime. He’s a handful, that’s for sure. B+ 

Jamil Wilson (11 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast) I don’t know what it is about Jamil and first halves, but he simply disappears. Thankfully, he more than made up for it in the second half, much like the game against Georgetown last week. He had a spell of three straight makes, and although his 3-pointers stopped falling, Buzz liked what he saw enough to keep him out there until he fouled out in the OT period. B+

Derrick Wilson (1 pt, 2 reb, 1 ast) Enough can’t be said at the tremendous job Wilson did to fill in for the injured Cadougan, playing the entire second half and all of the OT. However, his brain fart at the end of regulation to leave Patterson wide-open for 3 could have cost Marquette the game. (Yes, there was a miscommunication with him and Lockett, but when he saw a man wide open behind the arc, that should have taken precedence over all else.) Luckily Marquette was able to regroup to win handily. B

Todd Mayo (10 pts, 1 ast, 5-8 FT) A big chunk of Mayo’s points came late in the overtime period at the line, but they all count equally. He is beginning to get his feet under him, as showcased by a nice drive in the first half. If Cadougan is out any significant amount of time, expect Mayo to fill an even bigger role as a back-up to Derrick. B

Steve Taylor (0 pts, 2 ou, 1 ast) Although Steve didn’t see action in the second half, I though he played very, very well in the four minutes he saw in the first. He grabbed a nice offensive board and played a disruptive role in the zone. Expect his minutes to increase steadily. A-

Jake Thomas (DNP)

Jamal Ferguson (DNP)

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3 Comments on “Player Grades: Marquette at Pittsburgh”

  1. Katrina Deal
    January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Why would you recruit a kid to play bsketball that live so far away from the school and just let him sat on the bench contibuting nothing toward the team, SELFISH! I am quite sure other school closer would have love to have them.

    • January 30, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      Same thing happened with Juan Anderson (California) last year. Can’t play 12 guys. Some players need time.

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