Marquette Travels to Our Big Ten #1 Ohio State
On Friday we released our predicted order of finish for Big Ten teams in 2014-15, with the Buckeyes as our #1.
Marquette travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State this Tuesday and so today we look a brief look at some of the individual players for the Buckeyes for the benefit of MU fans and other interested parties.
We believe this game breaks down simply to shooting. Ohio State should have an advantage in the areas of rebounding and turnovers. Marquette is going to need have an advantage in eFG%.
A fair line on this game in our view would be Ohio State -12. The Warriors need an off shooting night from the Buckeyes and a strong performance of their own.
This year’s Ohio State team is deeper and considerably more potent offensively than a year ago.
#3 Shannon Scott
6’1”, 185 Sr
Scott’s steal rate was phenomenal the past two seasons and in both years better than Aaron Craft’s. We know he can play defense. Where he might surprise some this year is with his offensive play-making ability. Although he can score points when needed, his focus will be more on distributing the ball and he’s underrated in that area.
Scott rarely has more than 3 turnovers a game, but has a lot of 2 and 3 miscue outings. It’s difficult to expect Marquette to get the senior guard flustered, but a couple of extra mistakes by Scott could help the Warriors considerably.
#0 D’Angelo Russell
#16 RSCI 2014
McDonald’s All American out of Kentucky played last year at Montverde Academy (Fla.). [Note: Former Marquette wing Jamail Jones – a Montverde grad – had 17 & 10 (5 off reb) in Florida Gulf Coast’s opener].
He was ready to go at the D-I level upon arriving at campus this summer. Legit scorer, the lefty can also dish. Russell is capable of scoring in many different ways – ideally his attempts on Tuesday will be challenging and he has an off night.
#12 Sam Thompson
6’7”, 200 Sr
Long, high-flying wing from Chicago’s Whitney Young. Thompson is a switchable on both ends. We’ve been waiting for him to truly arrive and realize his potential. It’s taken awhile, but he looks primed to star this season. Could create some poster pics on Tuesday.
#31 Anthony Lee
Grad transfer from Temple, Lee has added size and strength to his frame over the years but remains a long and relatively-agile big man. Not at all a one-dimensional big lug in the middle, he will absolutely run the floor, catch and convert.
With Marquette’s size disadvantage, Lee is also major problem in OSU’s half court offense. Good hands for catching entry passes from Scott and Russell and able to work the offensive glass.
#2 Marc Loving
6’7”, 215 So
A year ago he joined the program as the #66 RSCI 2013 recruit. He had an unremarkable freshman year (although did hit a 3 to tie Marquette 19-19 at the end of the first half) in which he shot ~43% eFG%. Nonetheless, we believe he can have a great sophomore year and will also point out his usage and %Shots were both at 23% a year ago, a potential indicator of good things to come.
At this stage he likes to shoot behind the arc with a smooth stroke, but his D-I profile will evolve to include and trend toward 2FGA’s. For now, watch out for him especially from beyond the 3-point line.
#15 Kam Williams
6’2”, 175 RS Fr
Baltimore product who is deadly from deep. He can hop off the bench and knock down triples with the best of them. Legit sniper.
#23 Amir Williams
6’11”, 250 Sr
Big, experienced center who can rebound and block shots. Nothing too fancy here, but his size and skill set is problematic for MU.
#55 Trey McDonald
6’8”, 240 Sr
Good size, but struggled last season. Picked up a lot of fouls while not rebounding well. He’s better than he showed last season, but when he’s on the court (8-12 minutes?) MU may want to send in a physical attacker like Deonte Burton to test him.
#1 Jae’Sean Tate
#54 RSCI 2014
6’4”, 190 Fr
Some similarities to Deonte Burton in how he plays much bigger than his height. Tate has proven to be a capable rebounder. Tough customer. Not a big threat from outside, but can score well closer to the bucket or with an open mid-range opportunity.
#33 Keita Bates-Diop
#29 RSCI 2014
Illinois product who had Marquette interest. Long, can be effective slashing and scoring against a team like Marquette. The strength isn’t there but the length and athleticism is.
Keita is nowhere near as good as he will eventually be at this level, but he’s good enough now to inflict damage off the bench on Tuesday.