The Marquette Golden Eagles didn’t even blink to start off the game as they outscored the Grambling State Tigers 30-9 with 8:19 left in the first half, and never looked back as they beat down the Tigers 114-71.
While The Golden Eagles scored over 110 points in this game, the lack of production in terms of three-point shooting was a bit alarming as the team shot 5-of-19 at 26.3 percent.
A win is a win I guess, but in this day in age, it is critical to have a perimeter game offensively. You are not going to overpower teams in the paint all the time, and expect that to be the only way you can win. It just won’t happen.
If that horrific perimeter shooting is a sign of what is to come, then the Golden Eagles won’t be the 17th ranked team in the country for very long. Maybe the Golden Eagles can take some comfort with guard Jake Thomas being 3-of-5 from the perimeter.
A bigger problem that the Golden Eagles might have is the issues they have fouling. The Tigers had 28 attempts at the free throw line, and luckily for the Golden Eagles, they didn’t pay for it. But in the coming days, the Golden Eagles face the 10th ranked team in the nation in the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, and if those foul issues continue, they will get blown out.
At the end of the day, the Golden Eagles look like a team that wants to play small ball, and that may change over the course of the season as they can obviously get better. I just don’t know if that style is enough for them to advance to the NCAA tournament, though.