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Player Grades: Marquette vs DePaul

Vander Blue (18 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast) You can tell Blue has taken it to the next level when he has a quiet game and still scores 18. Vander had one nice pull-up jumper in the first but did most of his damage from the paint and at the line.  One mark “against” Vander was that his streak of making at least one three ended at eleven games after missing his only attempt. Still, going 8-8 at the line will absolve that and then some. A

Junior Cadougan (17 pts, 6 ast, 5 reb) Junior had another fantastic first half, taking it to the hole at will on his way to 10 points, but this time it carried over to the second.  Lefty, righty, it didn’t matter, as Cadougan had his way with the DePaul point guards. He got a bit sloppy later in the game and finished with two turnovers, but those were the only negatives on an otherwise fantastic game. It’s no secret that this Marquette team will only reach its potential with this version of Junior, but he has to prove it against elite teams now.  A

Trent Lockett (6 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast) Lockett was very active in the first half grabbing four boards, but saw his playing time cut a bit and given to Mayo instead. Lockett’s biggest play came with 3:35 to play and Marquette up seven, stuffing Jamee Crockett on a lay-up attempt and getting a dead crowd on their feet.  B+

Chris Otule (10 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk) Chris could do no wrong to start the game, getting off a quick six points including a sweet alley-oop off the inbound all while grabbing four boards. Otule’s mobility has now made him an offensive weapon, particularly  early on, and reminded everyone of just what a great defender he is. His confidence is higher than its ever been and has put Buzz in a tough spot when it comes to playing time.  A+

Juan Anderson (2 pts, 4 reb, 1 blk) Anderson once again saw his minutes (11) limited by Jamil’s strong play, particularly in the second half. He had a few strong moves at the hole, but only converted once on four shots. His work on the glass ad Buzz impressed for the second consecutive game though. B-

Steve Taylor (3 pts, 1 reb) The freshman got on the board in the second half with an And-1 off an offensive rebound. Those are the kinds of plays he has to feast on to continue to get more minutes. Even though the playing time was limited, a much better performance than at South Florida. B

Jamil Wilson (11 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast) Jamil was very productive, and efficient, in his 22 minutes, needing only 5 shots for his 11 points. He hit s  of his threes tonight, something Marquette desperately needs more of. I’d like to see i the glass a bit more aggressively though. A

Davante Gardner (13 pts, 3 reb, 7-8 FT) Gardner finally got back to his productive ways, getting to the line eight times in the game. He was also Marquette’s go-to player when DePaul cut it to three with five minutes to go, scoring on back to back possessions. Just as importantly, Gardner was quicker to pass out of a double team, finding Mayo for an open three once, and only committing one turnover. It bears mentioning that the DePaul scrub ,Peter Ryckbosch, meant to bother Gardner fouled out in only six minutes.  A

Todd Mayo (9 pts, 1 reb) Todd hit Marquette’s first shot of the game that wasn’t in the paint or at the line but failed to connect from beyond the arc after that, going 1-4. Mayo did have a few buckets at the glass, but Marquette will need better than 25% long-range shooting from the sophomore. B

Derrick Wilson (0 pts, 1 ast, 1 to) Wilson has been a non-factor with Cadougan’s impressive play as the sophomore saw only eight minutes in this one. The important part is that even in thatn limited time, the offense didn’t stall much at all. Defensively Wilson’s man was a bit too wide open, uncharacteristic of the rock solid point guard. C

No Ferguson, Thomas or Flood today.

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