BoD East Region- First Round #8 Marquette vs #9 Rutgers

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Who wins this East Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Mar 30, 2020.
  1. 8 Marquette

    39.1%
  2. 9 Rutgers

    60.9%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

    EvilMonkeyInTheCloset Well-Known Member
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    #8 Marquette Golden Eagles (18-12, 8-10)

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    Big East (t6th)
    Off- 77.8 ppg / Def- 71.6 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 33 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Markus Howard 27.8 ppg
    Sacar Anim 13.1 ppg
    Koby McEwen 9.5 ppg
    Brendan Bailey 7.1 ppg
    Jamal Cain 5.2 ppg

    #9 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (20-11, 11-9)

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    Big Ten (t5th)
    Off- 69.9 ppg / Def- 62.6 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 6 (Last: 1991)

    Top Scorers:
    Ron Harper Jr. 12.1 ppg
    Geo Baker 10.9 ppg
    Akwasi Yeboah 9.8 ppg
    Jacob Young 8.5 ppg
    Myles Johnson 7.8 ppg


    Marquette was 17-6 at one point this season and looking every bit as expected for a team that possessed the top scorer in college basketball in Markus Howard. However, for one reason or another, the weight of the season caught up to the Eagles and they dropped 6 of their final 7 games to end up squarely on the Bubble. Fortunately for them, the NET was on their side and Marquette more than likely would have made the Tournament. Unfortunately for them, though, it was becoming apparent that Howard and his 27.8 ppg wasn't gonna be enough to carry the Eagles alone on a deep tourney run.

    Another in the long list of tragic stories to come out of the cancellation of the NCAAs was the story of Rutgers and the job head coach Steve Pikiell did. Not since 1991 had the Scarlet Knights been to the NCAA Tournament and following an upset win over Maryland on Senior Day, they were all but a lock to go. Also, depending on the matchup there was a good chance they could've gotten their first tournament victory since 1983. Rutgers may not have been a very deep or elite scoring team, but they employed a very stingy defense that ranked just behind Wisconsin as best in the Big Ten in points allowed, and 2nd to Michigan State in field goal %.
     
  2. shields

    shields Well-Known Member
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    As a Rutgers fan was horrible no tourney, should have picked the brackets anyway.
     
  3. Bugibba

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    Well we just got a commitment from Cliff Omoruyi, so that should help Rutgers next year!
     
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    Who is coming back for Rutgers? Who are they losing?
     
  5. RUTravesty

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    Pretty much everyone comes back. The team was mostly underclassmen. RU loses starting wing Akwasi Yeboah(was a grand transfer) and backup Center Shaq Carter
     
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    Assuming everyone else is back, they should be a very good team next year. Yeboah was a good player but they can make up for that.

    Off the top of my head, they will have Baker, Mathis, Young, Paul M (blanking on his last name), Johnson and Chris O joining on. That's a solid 6 and they will only need another guy or two to develop.
     
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  7. shields

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    Jeff Goodman did an early poll and had RU number 17 preseason for next year.
     
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