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Marquette Forward Jamil Wilson Stepping Things Up For the Golden Eagles

Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

There is no doubt that the Marquette Golden Eagles and head coach Buzz Williams have exceeded expectations here in 2013.

After losing star performers Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, the Golden Eagles had limited expectations heading into this season, but alongside the production of Vander Blue and Davante Gardner, among others, Marquette has found ways to win.

At 21-7 overall and 12-4 within the Big East Conference, Marquette is certainly destined for the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles have the makings of a team that will undoubtedly be a tough out from the bracket, just simply because of their ability to grind out difficult games.

With still a glimmer of hope at a Big East regular season title, Marquette has seen some increased production from junior forward Jamil Wilson over the course of the past few weeks. Wilson has now scored in double-figures in seven of the team’s past eight games, including a 19-point affair just last weekend in the team’s crucial victory over Notre Dame.

The production of Wilson off the bench has been great and has given the Golden Eagles’ front court lineup just another added dimension here in the closing weeks of the regular season. Wilson is certainly not going to be the main focal point in which oppositions prepare for, but that’s exactly what has made his ability and production.

Take a look at Marquette’s last two games, both of which the Golden Eagles were victorious in. Blue, the team’s leading scorer was held to just held six points in each of those contests and on paper, that should be a situation in which Marquette cannot overcome. Guys like Wilson however, make you think again about those assumptions, proving doubters wrong especially in this type of situation.

It’s a great balance for Williams and Wilson’s production has the potential to only make Marquette even more dangerous should he be able to keep things up off the bench.

 

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