With 12 games on the books, we have a solid idea of what kind of statistical output we’re going to get from Marquette Golden Eagles this season. As such, we can start looking at the MU record books and start thinking about what single season records might be falling some time soon, or at the very least, what top 10 single season or individual class leaderboards might be getting altered.
We can also, believe it or not, talk about a couple of career program leaderboards that are on pace to change by the time March rolls around.
Just so everyone understands what we’re looking at here, this is based on Marquette having 19 guaranteed games remaining this season: 18 games in the Big East slate and one Big East tournament game. If MU advances in the conference tourney or qualifies for a postseason tournament of some fashion, then obviously the players that we’re talking about here can go a little bit further up the charts. I also trimmed off any decimal points when using everyone’s per game averages to calculate their future outputs. On pace for another 80.9 assists this season? Too bad, you get credit for 80, not 81. Besides, it’s fun to underestimate
For simplicity’s sake, we’re going to split these up by player, because most of the marks that are likely to change are coming down to just three players. With that in mind, we start with.......
Gotcha! You expected someone else, didn’t you!
As it turns out, the freshman from Detroit is on pace to crack into the top 10 in two different freshman records. With 14 blocks and 14 steals so far this season, that puts Elliott on target for 36 in each category. That would give him the 10th most steals by a freshman, right in between Mark Anglavar (37) and Deonte Burton (35). More impressively, the 6’3” Elliott would end up with the third most blocks by a freshman, more than anyone else other than Jim McIlvaine (92) and Henry Ellenson (49).
This is going to be a quick one, because The Milkman is only tracking towards a top 10 in one category. He’s already racked up 17 blocks on the season, putting him on pace for 43 on the season. That would be tied for the sixth most by a junior, right even with ...... DRUMROLLLLLLL Dwyane Wade. Neat, huh?
Ok, onwards to the Big Three.
The sophomore from Stevens Point is doing damage all over the place this season. He’s currently on pace for 470 points on the season, which would be tied with Mike Moran for the 6th best mark for a second year player. To give you an idea of how he’s benefiting from playing in the 21st century, Hauser’s 15.2 per game average is only on track to be tied with Terry Rand for the 10th best sophomore average.
That moves us on his ruthless levels of efficiency. Sam Hauser is currently posted up at the 5th best shooting percentage for a Marquette sophomore at 51.6%, ending up between Tony Smith and George Thompson. Obviously, there’s a lot of hoops left to be played, so who knows where his season long mark lands. However, what we can project in his shooting is a little nutso. With 38 made three-pointers already this year, Hauser is on pace for 98 at the end of the season, which would be the best mark recorded by a Marquette sophomore ever, and trailing only Steve Novak on the all time single season chart. That’s for makes. Hauser is on track for 198 attempts from distance this year, which would be the second most by a sophomore, trailing only Novak, and tied with Matt Carlino for the sixth most in any season.
As you can guess, Hauser is connecting on an awful high percentage of his threes, as he leads the team at 49.4% right now. That would be the second best percentage for a sophomore, with only Mark Anglavar (53.5%) breaking past the 50/50 plateau in his second season. It would also be the fifth best single season percentage of all time, nestled in between Maurice Acker (49.5%) in 2010, and both Darius Johnson-Odom (2010) and Mark Anglavar (1991) at 47.4%.
One final thing for Sam Hauser. Cross your fingers that he catches fire from long range. He’s on pace to finish 2017-18 with 161 three-pointers in his career. That’s just eight away from tying Dominic James and John Cliff for the 10th most ever in program history. In a career. After two seasons.
Here’s where things get interesting. Ready?
Would you believe that Andrew Rowsey is on pace to score 641 points this season? Would you believe that would be tied for the third most by a Marquette senior, right in line with Wesley Matthews? Would you believe that would tie him (again, with Wes) for the fifth best single season of all time at Marquette?
All true. His 20.7 points per game would be the 8th best single season average, in between Don Kojis and Jim Chones, and the 4th best for a senior, which has him comparing with Dean Meminger and Terry Rand.
Let’s turn our eyes to how he’s doing that, which would of course be his three-point shooting. Rowsey is projecting to hit 108 threes this season, trailing only Steve Novak for both the senior and overall single season records. It would also make him just the second senior to ever crack 100 made triples, and perhaps just the second person to crack the century mark. More on that later, as you have probably guessed.
Rowsey (242) is also on pace to sit behind only Novak (259) on three-point attempts for both the senior and overall single season charts as well. His 44.7% connection rate from long range would make him the 5th most accurate senior shooter in program history, right between David Diggs and Robb Logterman.
The Virginia native is also getting it done from the free throw line. His free throw pace has him aimed at 175 made freebies this season, which would be the fourth most by a senior and the seventh most all time in a season, cozied up with Dean Meminger and George Thompson on both lists. Rowsey’s projected 201 attempts from the stripe would be tied with Davante Gardner for the ninth most by a senior, which probably leads you to our final point here. Andrew Rowsey is hitting 87.2% of his free throws this season. If that holds up, he’ll be the third most accurate senior (min. 70 attempts), trailing only Steve Novak and Butch Lee, and tied with Lee’s junior season for the third best ever (min. 100 attempts).
We really don’t talk about Rowsey’s passing enough, and that’s unfair to him. He’s on pace for 139 helpers this year, which would give him the 10th most assists by a senior. That’s two more than both Butch Lee (who won National Player of the Year as a senior) and Jerel McNeal, and just four short of Mark Anglavar.
Believe it or not, we’re not done yet here.
Even though Andrew Rowsey is in just his second and final season at Marquette, he’s on track to punch his way onto the all-time career charts. Thanks to his 371 points last season, Rowsey’s projected 641 points this season would give him 1,012 while wearing blue and gold. In just two years, he is on pace to become Marquette’s 48th 1,000 point scorer. Now, he’s not projecting to pass anyone other than Lloyd Walton’s 1,006 career points, but that’s still a hell of an accomplishment.
Rowsey also has a chance to dent the three point shooting chart. If he remains on his pace so far this season, he’ll wrap up this year at 179 made triples for Marquette, which would push him past John Cliff, Dominic James, and Tony Miller for the 9th most three-pointers in a Marquette career. Again, in only two seasons.
It’s accuracy that’s pushing him towards that mark, of course. If Rowsey holds steady at 44.7% shooting from distance, he’ll be the second most accurate shooter in MU history, trailing only Steve Novak’s career mark of 46.1%. Rowsey’s 90.2% free throw mark is also helping him towards that 1,000 point plateau. If he can maintain that percentage, he’ll be trailing only Novak’s 93.1% career mark and become just the second Golden Eagle to ever shoot better than 90% for his career with a minimum of 200 attempts.
Ok, deep breaths, everyone. There’s a lot here, and some of it might knock your socks off.
Markus Howard is on pace to break Marquette’s sophomore scoring record. His 21.8 per game average is currently the best ever by a MU soph, with only Mike Moran in 1957 ever passing 20 per game in the past. If Howard continues along this path, he’ll finish with 675 points this year, well past Dwyane Wade’s sophomore record of 571. It would also be the fourth best season in program history, with only junior Dwyane Wade, senior Jerel McNeal, and senior Tony Smith in front of him. That’s it. That’s the list.
Wade’s single season record is 710. What happens if Howard catches fire from three for the rest of the season?
Moving on, Howard is on track to break MU’s records for made field goals by a sophomore (Jim Chones, 230), as well as the soph record for overall attempts from the field (Dwyane Wade, 458). He’s projecting at 232 makes on 475 attempts, so he’d barely get one record, but go blowing right past the other. The 232 makes would end up as tied for the 8th most in any season by a Marquette player, putting the Arizona native into a conversation with Bernard Toone and Jerel McNeal at #7 as well as the current #8, Don Kojis. If he holds steady in his shooting percentages, Howard’s 48.9% mark will be the 8th best by a sophomore. “Hey, remember that time that Markus Howard was a more accurate shooter than Dwyane Wade?”
Onwards to the three-point line! If you read the Andrew Rowsey and Sam Hauser sections, then you’re not going to be surprised to find out that Howard’s projected mark of 116 made threes this season would be the most by a Marquette sophomore and the second most in a season by any player. His expected 297 attempts would be a new program record, surpassing Novak’s sophomore and single season records with ease. It might even be easier than that, as Howard is only shooting 39.1% on triples this season. That’s totally fine! It would still be the 10th best mark by a sophomore, pushing Todd Townsend (38.1%) off the chart. Howard’s also capable of shooting better than 39% for the year, so we’ll have to wait to see where he ends up.
“Wait and see” also applies to Howard’s free throw shooting. He’s not getting to the line enough this season to officially qualify for the single season shooting percentage charts, and looks like he’ll fall seven attempts short of the minimum of 100. However, he has made all 36 attempts this year, so if he can get to the stripe an extra time per game or so, he has a shot at obliterating Bob Walczak’s sophomore record of 88.1%, set in 1955, as well as Travis Diener’s single season record of 88.3%, set in 2004.
This brings us to talking about Markus Howard in term of career numbers. Yep. A sophomore, and an 18 year old sophomore at that. Ready?
If Howard gets to the aforementioned 675 points at the end of the season, he will have 1,085 points in his still very young Marquette career. That, of course, will make either him or Andrew Rowsey the 48th 1,000 point scorer in program history, and the other will #49. If he can get to 1,085 by the end of the season as projected, that will move him to 38th all time. That’s more than Lloyd Walton, Jajuan Johnson, Luke Fischer, Tony Miller, Dwayne Johnson, Ron Curry, Rube Schulz, Chris Crawford, Jae Crowder, and Scott Merritt. I especially want to point out Crowder in that list, as he only played for MU for two seasons.
One last thing. Howard’s three-point shooting this season has him on pace to wrap up his second season with 198 made three-pointers. That would be more than all but seven people in Marquette history, and yes, all in just two seasons.