For our Big East swing around post, I knew I didn't have to go terribly indepth for Marquette. The audience for this site is Marquette fans, and generally speaking, y'all are paying close enough attention to the Golden Eagles. That sent me off looking for fun facts to talk about, and that led me to the Marquette record book. That led me to discover this fun fact:
If Henry Ellenson grabs 10 rebounds against Seton Hall, just 0.2 rebounds more than his season average, he will move into a tie for the 10th most rebounds by a freshman in Marquette history.
With 19 games guaranteed left to play.
If Henry is that close to the top 10 in rebounds already, then the questions to ask are as follows:
- Does he have a shot at the freshman record?
- Does he have a shot at any other freshman records?
- Does he have a shot at any single season records?
Let's see, shall we? As a disclaimer here, I'm going to point out that I'm taking Henry's averages in all of these categories, and then rounding them all down. With the level of competition going up as Marquette enters conference play, it's likely that Ellenson's averages will dip a little. I'm also only counting the 20 remaining games that are guaranteed to Marquette: 18 regular season Big East games, a game against Stetson, and one Big East tournament game. Think of it this way: I am laying out worst case scenarios here.
16 points per game + 201 current points = 521 points
16.8 points per game
FIELD GOALS MADE
6 makes per game + 73 current makes = 193 FGM
FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
13 attempts per game + 162 current attempts = 422 FGA
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
45.1% current average
FREE THROWS MADE
3 makes per game + 45 current makes = 105 makes
FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
5 attempts per game + 60 current attempts = 160 attempts
FREE THROW AVERAGE
75% current average
9 per game plus 118 current rebounds = 298 rebounds
9.8 current average
2 per game + 31 current assists = 71 assists
1 per game = 16 current blocks = 36 blocks
Henry Ellenson is on pace to break EIGHT freshman season records, and he's on pace to enter the top 10 on four more. As you've probably noticed by now, none of the all time single season records are mentioned here. Ellenson isn't on pace to hit the top 10 on any of them, so there's no point in listing those out here, at least not yet. As I said in the intro, these are essentially worst case scenarios. If Henry turns it on in league play or if Marquette piles up the conference wins, there's going to be a game or two more to play in the Big East tournament or the NCAA tournament. That, though, is something we'll have to wait for March to think about, though.