A lot was expected of Purdue even though the Boilermakers lost their top two scorers from last season. On Wednesday, the team will travel to Milwaukee to take on Marquette, which is led by Markus Howard, a guy who can go off for 50 points in any game.
Howard scored 38 points in Marquette’s opener against Loyola Maryland, picking up where he left off as a junior when he averaged 25 points per game and 40.3 percent on 3s.
Purdue is trying to replace its explosive scorer from last year, Carsen Edwards, with Jahaad Proctor, who began his career at Iona, then played two seasons at High Point. In the Big South last season, he scored 19.5 ppg game as a volume shooter, taking 14.6 shots per game.
Though Aaron Wheeler and Matt Haarms will give Purdue a size advantage, turnovers and fouls become a big concern. In the Boilermakers’ 70-66 loss to Texas, the two combined for six turnovers and seven fouls while chipping in a combined 13 points.
Combine all this with Sacar Anim giving some leadership to the Marquette backcourt and Koby McEwan entering the program after two years of averaging over 14 points per game at Utah State, and it gives the Golden Eagles the upper hand.
The play: Marquette. -1 1/2