Tag Archives: defense

Where did MU falter? Transition Defense

Following a thorough late night victory over Villanova on Feb 2, the 2nd win over the Big East’s standard bearer in 2 weeks, Marquette was sitting at 16-7, 8-4 in Big East play and dreaming of just high the ceiling for this team could be. It wasn’t just that it beat Nova twice, it was […]

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Is the regression on defense a blip, or sign of bigger issues?

As the calendar turned to 2020 on Dec. 31st and Marquette prepared to launch its Big East campaign in Omaha, MU boasted a good to very good defense, rated as the 40th best in the country with a 91.1 Adjusted Defensive rating on KenPom. Just 3 weeks later, the AdjD rating has tumbled 3 full […]

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Is Marquette’s defense for real?

Coming into the season, if I told you Marquette would have a top-50 defense this year, you’d punch me in the face for wasting your time. The questions being asked weren’t how good can it be, but simply, will it get better? So to have this Marquette team sitting at 39th in Ken Pom’s Adjusted […]

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Should Marquette play more zone?

Even before Markus Howard went down, Marquette’s prospects for winning were dim. The offense had cooled off and the defense was in full All-Star game form. To put it in quantifiable terms, Marquette’s win probability on KenPom was 9.6% after Howard’s fall, a level that had only produced one prior MU win this season, and […]

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Is it as simple as P&R Defense?

Seton Hall hasn’t lived up to preseason expectations this year, but they haven’t exactly been a pushover. With a top-50 KenPom defense and a top-35 KenPom offense, they are balanced and can pose problems to pretty much every team they play with their experienced roster. But then they play Marquette and it all falls to […]

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How (un)clutch is Marquette’s defense?

Marquette’s defense has struggled all year, but the deficiencies are even worse in clutch situations.

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