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Pro/Con: Marquette vs Vicenza Select

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PROS:

  • Marquette won, moving to 3-0 on the European trip and clinching a winning record on said trip.
  • Marquette won fairly easily, jumping out to a 7-0 lead to start the game and essentially never looking back on their way to their biggest margin of victory of the trip.
  • It was clearly the best that the Golden Eagles had looked in any of the three games that they played, which could be expected with the basic nature of the continuity of having played two previous games.
  • You wouldn't have been able to tell that it was the second game in as many days for MU.  They came out with energy and enthusiasm, and sustained it for all four quarters.
  • The walk ons - Christian Haffner, Michael Mache, and Cam Marotta - all got to play for the first time on the trip, even if it was just for less than a minute.

CONS:

  • It's impossible to take anything more than those five things seriously.  We have no idea of the quality of any of these teams, so when you see a win by 36 points against a team of unknown ability, you can't take anything definitive away from it.
  • To put it another way, this tweet regarding how Henry Ellenson played popped up in the #mubb stream after Saturday's win over LSU-Atletas.  While it was a gross overreaction in the first place, the Vicenza game provides further context for that.  On Saturday, Ellenson was The Showstopper with 29 points and seven rebounds.  He followed that up with 18 & 7 against Vicenza.  Did he play worse?  Not even in the slightest.
  • All this game really did for me was remind me that Marquette is going to play seven of the 40 worst teams in college basketball last season in the non-conference portion of the schedule.