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.
In this one, we’re going to talk about Markus Howard’s path to the top of the senior year three-pointers chart.
As of Wednesday, January 16, Markus Howard has connected from long range 66 times in his senior season at Marquette. That has already thrust him into the top 10 senior seasons in program history, pushing him past Lazar Hayward and Brian Wardle, who used to be tied for 10th place with 65.
Howard will very quickly move into the top seven, as John Cliff and noted good senior year haver Jake Thomas are tied for eighth place at 67, and Travis Diener has 68. At Howard’s current rate of 4.1 three-pointers per game this season, he should be tied with Diener by halftime against Georgetown this coming Saturday.
The question is not how long before he gets to Andrew Rowsey’s senior year record of 125 triples, but whether or not Howard can get there. Marquette currently has 13 regular season games remaining, and they have one Big East tournament game guaranteed to them. At his current pace of 4.1 makes per game, Howard is on track to record 57 more three-pointers by the time those 14 games are finished. That would give him 123 for the year.
That would be the third senior season in program history with more than 90 made threes and would put Howard alongside Rowsey and Steve Novak as the only players to connect more than 100 times as seniors. However, it would still be two short of Rowsey’s record.
There are, obviously, two possibilities for Howard to break the record, one much more palatable than the other. The first is just making more threes per game than the 4.1 he currently averages. If Howard merely bumps his average to 4.3 per game for the next 14 games, he’ll pass Rowsey. The other one is the better one: Marquette just needs to play more games than the 14 guaranteed on the schedule. I think we would all prefer it if Marquette plays about 18 more games this season, and if that were to happen, Howard should go shooting past Rowsey with ease.
Barring an absurd explosion for the rest of the season, Howard is the only senior for us to keep an eye on. Sacar Anim is at 22 long range bombs on the year and is averaging only 1.3 per game. That will keep him well short of 65 this season, but hey, who knows what might happen?
Here’s what the chart looks like after COVID-19 ended the 2019-20 season.
Marquette MBB Senior Year Made Three-Pointers Chart