Three Questions For Friday’s Season Opener Versus Vandy

Dave Klinger (Photo: Marquette Athletics)

Marquette faces Vanderbilt in its season opener this Friday at the United States Naval Academy. What questions remain unanswered as the Golden Eagles begin another season?

How good is Sam Hauser?

Freshman Sam Hauser earned praise from coaches over the offseason.

In the exhibition against Division II Rockhurst, Hauser led the team in field goals attempted and tied for field goals made. He also finished with zero fouls or turnovers. How will Hauser perform against better competition on a bigger stage?

Luke Fischer: Better, worse, or the same as always?

Luke Fischer is a very efficient scorer…

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…and a mediocre defensive rebounder, finishing his two seasons at Marquette with rates at 11.8% and 12.8%. For a 6-foot-11-inch center, those percentages are terrible. Fischer doesn’t need to match Henry Ellenson’s 24.1% rate–which was top-70 in the nation–but anything over 17% would put him in the top-500 nationally, which is a good goal to reach.

Will Fischer exceed expectations this Friday?

Who wants to be “the guy”?

Marquette boasts depth this season. Many guys will play in what looks to be a balanced offensive attack.

Someone, though, will take more shots than any other player. Last season, Ellenson did the job. This season, a returnee like Haanif Cheatham or a newcomer like Andrew Rowsey will step up as the team’s top option.

Who will emerge as the go-to weapon?

The season opener against Vanderbilt will provide some clues.

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