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The Marquette Men’s Basketball Senior Year Blocks Chart

Oso Ighodaro is nudging towards the top 10 senior seasons in program history.

Marquette v Seton Hall Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images

By now, you should be more than familiar with our series of regularly updating leaderboards for various Marquette Golden Eagles sports accomplishments. Keep checking back to that link in the previous sentence for our charts as the seasons continue to churn through history and MU’s various teams continue to create new memories and accomplishments.

Let’s jump in and talk about the best shot blocking seasons by Marquette players during their senior season.

First of all, Jim McIlvaine’s 1993-94 senior year record is the single season record as well. That’s the best shot blocking season that the program has ever seen. It’s literally 50 more blocked shots than Mac’s second best season at Marquette. It’s that crazy. In a 30 game modern regular season, someone is going to have to average at least 4.8 blocks per game to beat that record.

And so we pay attention to the rest of the top 10, led by Faisal Abraham’s 84 swats in 1997. Kur Kuath in 2022 is the only other senior to ever record at least 60 blocks in a season, and there’s only been 5 senior seasons with at least 50 blocks. So there is space for someone to average just a little bit over a block per game and still go sailing into the top 10.

That’s where we get to Oso Ighodaro, who is averaging 1.2 blocks per game here in 2023-24. Through 25 games, Ighodaro has 31 blocks on the year, and that has him seven blocks away from passing Mike Bargen for #10 on the senior year list. Marquette has six regular season games left as I type this on the morning of the home game against DePaul as well as one guaranteed Big East tournament game. They’re also very close to being guaranteed to have at least one NCAA tournament game as well.

I think it’s a safe bet that Ighodaro gets past Bargen. Can he get to the 8th place tie between Walter Downing and Theo John with 40 blocks? Nine more between now and whenever the season ends? Maybe, and the longer that the Golden Eagles keep the postseason going, the easier it’s going to be for Ighodaro to etch his name into the top 10.

Here’s what the chart looks like after Marquette’s February 28th game against Providence.

The Marquette Men’s Basketball Senior Year Blocked Shots Chart

Rank Player Year Blocks
Rank Player Year Blocks
1 Jim McIlvaine 1994 142
2 Faisal Abraham 1997 84
3 Kur Kuath 2022 81
4 Amal McCaskill 1996 55
5 Luke Fischer 2017 53
6 Ousmane Barro 2008 41
7 Marcus Jackson 2005 40
8 Walter Downing 1986 40
9 Theo John 2021 40
10 Mike Bargen 1999 37
NR Oso Ighodaro 2024 35