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2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the
opening day of the 2004-05 Season.
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#57 Marquette Golden Eagles
2003-04: 19-12, 8-8, 8th
2003-04 postseason: NIT
Travis Diener didn’t get too much help last year, which resulted in the
Golden Eagles disappointing 8th place finish in the conference. Along with
Diener; Steve Novak and Dameon Mason provide a solid returning nucleus for
Tom Crean’s squad. Other players need to become scorers. Guard Joe Chapman
has the ability and senior forwards Todd Townsend and Marcus Jackson may see
an increased role this year.
Who’s Out: Scott Merritt, a 6-10 forward, averaged 11.2 points and a team
high 7.1 rebounds last year. He was a consistent scorer throughout his
career at Marquette and some newcomers will have to try and take his place.
Terry Sanders is another forward who will be tough to replace. Sanders
averaged 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds as a senior. Karon Bradley didn’t see
many minutes as a sophomore, despite playing in 26 games. The 5-11 guard is
transferring to Wichita State. Carlton Christian is transferring to Central
Florida after his freshman campaign at Marquette. The 6-5 guard averaged
just 7.7 minutes in 22 games last season.
Who’s In: All three of the newcomers should see some quality minutes in the
frontcourt. They need to step up and help replace the absent Merritt and
Sanders. Ousmane Barro can put up Merritt-like rebounding numbers. At 6-10
and 230 pounds, he can battle underneath the basket for the tough rebounds.
Barro lacks game experience, but his work ethic will make him an impact
player in the long run. Ryan Amoroso, at 6-8 and 240, is another big man
who could help out immediately. He isn’t the most athletic player on the
floor, but is a solid scorer. Amoroso’s range is proficient for a man his
size and he’ll step back behind the arc without a problem. He needs to get
stronger in order to battle under the basket. After redshirting at Rice
because of an injury as a freshman, Mike Kinsella played at Minneapolis Tech
for a year before heading to Milwaukee. The 7-footer averaged 17.6 points,
10.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks at Minneapolis Tech last year and is expected
to step in immediately for the Golden Eagles.
Who to Watch: Travis Diener and Steve Novak will be solid players as they
have proven over the last couple years. The key will be sophomore swingman
Dameon Mason. Last year the 6-5 Aurora, Illinois native averaged 9.0 points
and 4.5 rebounds. Mason started the last 17 games for Tom Crean and was
becoming a major player for Marquette. Mason scored in double digits in 11
of the last 18 games of the season and is poised to continue that success.
Mason scored the eighth most points as a freshman in Marquette history.
Everybody will know Dameon’s name in a year or two.
Projected Conference Rank: Travis Diener will do his best as a senior to
make another trip to the big dance. Getting 6th place in the conference is
an improvement and enough to be on the bubble come February. A lot will
depend on the freshmen though and the Golden Eagles could be back in the NIT
Projected Post-season Tournament: NIT
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