It doesn't always make for exciting basketball, but when you're facing an inferior opponent there's a lot to be said for stepping on their throat early and removing all doubt.
Marquette was able to do that in their season opener tonight, leading 24-7, 31-9 and 49-16 at times in the first half and never looking back en route to an easy season-opening victory, their eleventh in as many seasons.
This Mount St. Mary's team only won eleven games last season, so they probably wouldn't have presented a significant challenge to a ranked MU squad even at full strength. They played tonight's game, however, without 2010-11 leading scorer Lamar Trice, who is serving a suspension. They looked like a team that had no idea what to do without Trice on the court, and turned the ball over ten times in the game's first ten minutes and 29 times in the game.
Notes and awards to follow, but first we jump.
- Tonight was the regular season debut for Todd Mayo, Derrick Wilson and Jamil Wilson. Mayo had three points, three rebounds and an assist, D. Wilson had two points, three boards and three assisteses, and J. Wilson went for two points and five rebounds.
- It also would have been Juan Anderson's Bradley Center debut, but earlier today he was suspended for three games for accepting a Brewer ticket as a gift. He'll be eligible to return for the second game of the Paradise Jam.
- If you're looking for something to complain about tonight, The Mount's offensive rebounding success is a little concerning. An undersized, undermanned Mountaineer squad beat Buzz's boys 15-10 on the offensive glass. Seven of Danny Thompson's game-high eleven rebounds were on the offensive end.
- Tonight's 54 point margin of victory was larger than any of Marquette's 22 wins last season. Tonight's 91 points were MU's most since last January's win over DePaul.