2014-15 Marquette Basketball Season Preview

Author: Dave Klinger (Editor), david.klinger@marquette.edu.

We’re back.

After enduring one of the most heartbreaking seasons in recent Marquette basketball history and possibly the most suspenseful, frustrating, yet thrilling month of March for a team that didn’t qualify for a postseason tournament, we can exhale, unwind in our chairs, and not only say that we made it, but hey, it was worth it too.

Hair-thinning, stomach-turning, fist-in-wall-pounding losses to teams of arguably equal talent. A once beloved head coach packing his bags and sprinting out the door in the middle of the night. And to top it off among other unmentioned, frivolous details, a virtual Twitter dumpster fire in which we were inhumanely toyed with the idea of a monster hire being, well, a done deal.

You can’t ignore history. It happened, and it changed us. It affected us yesterday, it affects us today, and will affect us tomorrow. It will shape our program for days, which will turn into months, years, decades, and so on.

But after landing the hire of the year in Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski, and after the events that followed — such as his reeling in of impact transfers, the securing of the best recruiting class Marquette has seen in decades, and the acceptance and embrace the organization has shown towards “Coach Wojo” from all levels — a rewritten story has not only been expected, but has already begun.

And that story starts this season.

Marquette basketball is back.

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…and WE’RE back as well to provide you with the best outlet of Marquette basketball news, opinion, and analysis on the World Wide Web! Welcome to our blog, fellow Golden Eagle! Below is our annual season preview, complete with our predictions on SCORING, FINAL RECORD, LINEUPS, FREE MONEY and OKAY, NO FREE MONEY. Enjoy!

11/14/14 vs. Tennessee-Martin TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 8:30 p.m. CT
11/18/14 at Ohio State TV L Columbus, Ohio 6:30 p.m. CT
11/22/14 vs. Nebraska-Omaha TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 1:30 p.m. CT
11/24/14 vs. NJIT TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
Orlando Classic
11/27/14 vs. Georgia Tech TV W Orlando, Fla. 7:30 p.m. CT
11/28/14 vs. Michigan State/Rider TV W Orlando, Fla. TBA
11/30/14 vs. TBA TV L Orlando, Fla. TBA
12/06/14 vs. Wisconsin TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 11:30 a.m. CT
12/16/14 vs. Arizona State TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
12/19/14 vs. Alabama A&M TV W Al McGuire Center 8:00 p.m. CT
12/22/14 vs. North Dakota TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
12/28/14 vs. Morgan State TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT
12/31/14 at DePaul * TV W Chicago, Ill. 4:00 p.m. CT
01/03/15 vs. Providence * TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT
01/06/15 at Georgetown * TV L Washington, D.C. 6:00 p.m. CT
01/14/15 vs. Creighton * TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
01/17/15 at Xavier * TV L Cincinnati, Ohio 11:00 a.m. CT
01/21/15 at St. John’s * TV L New York, N.Y. 6:00 p.m. CT
01/24/15 vs. Georgetown * TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 1:30 p.m. CT
01/28/15 vs. Seton Hall * TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 6:00 p.m. CT
01/31/15 vs. Butler * TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT
02/04/15 at Villanova * TV L Philadelphia, Pa. 6:00 p.m. CT
02/07/15 at Seton Hall * TV W Newark, N.J. 11:00 a.m. CT
02/10/15 vs. Xavier * TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
02/14/15 at Creighton * TV W Omaha, Neb. 12:00 p.m. CT
02/21/15 vs. Villanova (National Marquette Day) * TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT
02/25/15 at Butler * TV L Indianapolis, Ind. 7:00 p.m. CT
03/01/15 at Providence * TV L Providence, R.I. 2:30 p.m. CT
03/04/15 vs. St. John’s (Al’s Night) * TV L Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 p.m. CT
03/07/15 vs. DePaul * TV W Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT

FINAL RECORD: 16-14 (7-11 Big East)

Truth be told, kids, no one has a damn clue where this team will stand by the end of the season. There’s really no argument in supporting one side of “great” or “horrendous,” but there’s no valid counterargument for either as well. I chose to play in the ballpark near “horrendous” since it couldn’t possibly lead me to another year of disappointment… Right?

(Also, you may have noticed I had a gutsy pick or two in the non-conference schedule and/or some predicted outcome you didn’t agree with. Check out my explanations for every game in the article linked below!)

RELATED: Analyzing Marquette’s Non-Conference Schedule Game-By-Game — (Beware: It was written before Todd Mayo bolted to Westchester).

LINEUPS

In the exhibition game versus Wisconsin Lutheran, Wojo threw out a starting five of Derrick Wilson, Matt Carlino, Sandy Cohen III, Juan Anderson, and Steve Taylor, Jr., which was surprising to many due to the presence of Cohen and the lack of presence from Deonte Burton or Jajuan Johnson or Duane Wilson or literally anyone else. Wojo said these were the five best practice players, so he went with this combination, which is promising for Cohen’s future as a Golden Eagle. He also admitted, however, that these lineups will change frequently and radically, so I’m not concerned with who’s starting games rather than who’s finishing them.

So, for a large portion of the year, I expect a lineup of…

Derrick Wilson

Matt Carlino

Jajuan Johnson

Deonte Burton

Steve Taylor, Jr.

…to finish games. Juan Anderson and Sandy Cohen will come in for short starter rests, and Duane Wilson could sneak his way into either a contributing role or a starting role, depending on how “college ready” he proves himself to be and how, well, “not last year” Derrick Wilson proves himself to be.

Once Luke Fischer becomes eligible (again, on December 16th versus Arizona State), I expect it to look something like this:

Derrick Wilson/Duane Wilson

Matt Carlino

Deonte Burton

Steve Taylor/Jajuan Johnson

Luke Fischer

…and again, with Sandy Cohen and Juan Anderson filling in for short starter rests. Wait, isn’t that EVERYONE but John Dawson? Yep. Lesson of the day: We have a short bench and little room for error. Wojo, like any coach would, will lean on his best guys, whether in terms of the individual game or the season in general, and Dawson doesn’t seem like he fits anywhere in the puzzle here. I mean, he’ll play in the MIDDLE of games, but it sure doesn’t seem like he’s going to start or finish them any time soon.

RELATED: Coach Wojo, Matt Carlino, and Derrick Wilson Preview Marquette’s Season

SCORING

See all scoring predictions HERE in the article in which we predicted every single player’s ceiling and floor in terms of points. If I wrote the article again, the only slight changes I’d make would be to rate Carlino and Anderson a tad higher, and put Sandy Cohen III (#SC3) at 6.0 PPG ceiling and 3.0 PPG floor.

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Thanks for staying with us for another season, everyone! See you December 6th! #BeatBucky

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