Tale of the tape
Tale Of The Tape: #21 Notre Dame At #22 Marquette
|Once again, Mike Brey has his team near the top of the Big East, competing for a double bye in the conference tournament. Irish fans are hoping he can find success in the NCAA Tournament this year as well.||Coaching||Buzz Williams got a huge win on Monday night against Syracuse, keeping Marquette’s hopes for a conference title alive. The Golden Eagles don’t have any marquee names, but they play well as a unit.|
|In their last game, a win against Cincinnati, ND shot 46 percent from the field. The front-court tandem of Tom Knight and Jack Cooley combined to go 11 for 14.||Offense||Forward Davante Gardner was the star against Syracuse, only missing one shot overall (a free throw) and scoring a career-high 26 points. This is a very efficient offense that gets to the free throw line often.|
|ND’s last two opponents have shot under 35 percent, perhaps a sign that this team is starting to play better on the defensive end. They foul less often than all but four teams in the country but don’t force many turnovers.||Defense||Marquette’s defense is average across the board. They use a group approach to keep the opposition off the boards—the three leading rebounders average between 4.7 and 5 boards a game.|
|Notre Dame doesn't have much depth, so if foul trouble becomes an issue the Irish could be in trouble.||Bench Depth||Gardner came off the bench to deliver his impressive performance earlier this week. Williams uses his reserves a decent amount and they are fairly productive.|
We'll just call it a tie
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