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Zach Klupchak


Marquette's chances rest on ability to guard beyond the arc

Marquette has four games left to determine whether or not they get into the NCAA tournament. A big key for them in these next four games will be the 3 point shot. In the past three games Marquette has been outscored from three point land 31 to 15 and in the last two games. They have given up 26 and only have made 6. Granted in the past two games they played Creighton, who is the number 1 three point scoring team in the Big East averaging over 10 per game.  The biggest stat that is alarming to me is their overall 3 point defense.    Marquette’s offensive three point percentage is dead last in the conference, but their 3 point defense is ranked 2nd to last.

With defense being Marquette’s strengths this year, it is really strange to see them that low in three point defense.  Teams have put up more three point attempts against Marquette than any other team in the Big East (559) and they have given up the most three pointers (203). It is hard to say if these numbers are from missed defensive assignments or teams just hitting shots, but in both cases these numbers are a little bit alarming.

For a team that only makes about four three-pointers a game, they are giving up around eight. If this team has any chance of making the tournament they will need to improve their three point defense in these last four games. Things don't get easier as they will face two teams in the top five in three pointers made per game with Villanova (2) and Providence (4). There are a lot more factors that will be key for this final push, but 3 point defense will be key if Marquette will be dancing come March.

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02/27/2014 10:16AM
Marquette's chances rest on ability to guard beyond the arc
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