With the 2013-2014 season now in the books, we take a moment to look back at the performance that each member of YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles this year. While we're at it, we'll also take a look back at our player previews and see how our preseason prognostications stack up with how things actually played out. We'll run through roster in order of total minutes played (lowest to highest).
#42 - Senior - 6'11" - 275 lb.
Minimum Expectation: Just be healthy, Chris. That's all I want. Whatever crazy strength and conditioning therapy Earnest Eugene and Todd Smith have cooked up for you, attack it with the ferocity of a thousand suns.
Wildest Dream: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks a game. If Big Chris can go for at least 20 minutes a game (he's never averaged 18), I think he can be an unholy terror on both ends at this point in his career. With Marquette's backcourt as unproven as it is from the offensive end, Otule may actually turn into a go to scorer for the Golden Eagles this season.
Worst Nightmare: Yeah, I'm not actually going to type it.
Chris Otule committed to come play for basketball at Marquette University in November of 2007. It's been a long strange road for Big Chris since that time. He's seen some high highs and some low lows. But throughout the years, when he's been on the floor, we've always been able to count on him to do what he does - most of which will never show up in a box score.
Otule's stats for the '13-'14 season look a lot like they do every season: just under 18 minutes, about 5 points, 4 boards, and a block per game. He won the opening tip 27 times in 31 chances - which is kind of impressive. But the most impressive stat for Chris this season was 32 games played. After a career that has been plagued by injuries, it was great to see a kid (though not really a "kid" anymore, at 24 years old) that has fought to get himself back on the floor so many times, be able to go out there and lace 'em up for the full slate of games in his last go 'round.
Chris Otule leaves Marquette having been part of 139 victories, 5 NCAA Tournament appearances, 3 Sweet Sixteens, and a Big East championship. He also may very well be the program's all-time leader in resiliency - overcoming his well documented eye condition, two broken feet, a blown out knee, and Lord only knows how much grief he took from Buzz in his time here. So on behalf of us here at AE, and Marquette fans everywhere, I say thank you to Chris for sticking with Marquette through it all, and congratulations on an amazing career.
Best Game: Oh, that's right, we still need to do this part. Otule's best stat line came in MU's mid-December thrashing of Ball State. But, c'mon it's Ball State. I think his best game came in the Golden Eagles' overtime win at DePaul in February. Big Chris scored 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting, and was dominant inside to start the second half. He scored 8 of his 12 points in the first 6 minutes of the second half, and helped Marquette push their lead out to 12. He was so unstoppable, that we just wanted them to keep feeding him. Of course, they didn't and the lead ended up evaporating... but that wasn't Chris' fault.
Season Grade (1 - Worst Nightmare, 10 - Wildest Dream): Chris never got to the lofty numbers we laid out in our Wildest Dream scenario - though his 5.8 points per game were a career high. However, I think it's safe to say that he exceeded the Minimum Expectation by a fairly significant margin. He didn't just stay healthy, he stayed healthy and contributed. So I'd say Chris gets a 7 for the season. He was solid, just like we knew he would be.