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Minimum Expectations: Which brings us to what we can expect/hope for/fear from Junior in his senior season. With two-and-a-half seasons under his belt (related: the decision to burn his redshirt in late January of his freshman year still confounds me to this day), he's going to be asked to be one of the leaders of the team -- not in terms of scoring, in all likelihood, but in terms of being where he's supposed to be when he's supposed to be there and making sure everyone else is, too. In terms of numbers, let's set the floor at his stats from last season: 6 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds per.
Oh, and yeah: no suspensions, either.
In My Wildest Dreams: Junior doesn't have a game with more than four turnovers, shoots 80% from the line, and schools George Marshall so badly in the game against Wisconsin that Marshall goes the Ian Markolf route: loses his passion for basketball, quits the team, ends up transferring to a Division 2 school.
In My Worst Nightmare: I've already written more than I wanted to about the Louisville game in the BET last year [Editor's note: Rubie had said this earlier in the post: "witness his eight-turnover disaster against Louisville in Marquette's first game in the Big East Tournament, when Peyton Siva abused him for 30 minutes"] . Suffice it to say, w/r/t the Nightmare Scenario: too much of that.
Well, let's start with the turnover challenge that Rubie had laid out in his Wildest Dreams idea. Junior Cadougan was unable to meet that limit, and here's what happened to MU when he had more than four turnovers:
- A closer-than-it-should-have-been 72-64 win over USC in Maui
- The unmitigated disaster in Green Bay
- A nine point win over a good North Carolina Central where the game was tied with six minutes left
- The 60-56 donkey show in The Pavilion against Villanova, more famously now known as "the game that lit a fire under Davante Gardner's ass for the Syracuse game."
But for all of his occasional shortcomings, and for all of the abuse he took from Marquette fans for his inconsistency, and even the abuse he took from his own head coach who repeatedly said that Derrick Wilson should be starting over Cadougan, he found ways to make you love him anyway.
Good times, man.
Can we discuss Junior's rebounding for a moment? Would you believe that he had five or more rebounds on six different occasions? For those of you scoring at home, that's more than Davante Gardner averaged to lead the team. Not only did he become a better shooter this season, but he also became a better rebounder. His offensive rebounding percentage (% of total OReb available while Junior was on the floor) went up 0.6 points (per KenPom.com), and any improvement from the guard most likely to be drifting back to cut off a fast break is always great. Even better, his defensive rebounding percentage broke 10% for the first time in his career.
Did his assists and assist rate fall this season? Sure. But how much of that is "not passing to Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder any more?" How many assists did Cadougan lose just because Straight Away Jae wasn't there to hit The Patented Lazar Hayward Trailer Three Pointer?
Best Game: I'd say I already covered this with the video, but it's important to point out that Junior had 18 points in total against Connecticut and also had three rebounds and five assists. Bonus points for not being the referee that lined the two teams up to go the wrong way in overtime, which I still can't believe is a thing that happened.
Season Grade (1-Worst Nightmare to 10-Wildest Dreams): So let's see: points were up, assists were down, and rebounds were up from the minimum. He did have five turnover games, so that's a bummer, but he did put up an 18-4-6-1 on Wisconsin, so I'm giving him credit for that one, even if George Marshall is still enrolled in Madison. Bonus points for making the Big East All-Academic team, and I'm giving Junior a 9 for his senior year.