Milwaukee, WI- Nebraska – Omaha used the fast break and spread offense to attack Marquette, propelling Omaha to a 97- 89 victory over Marquette. Omaha used a +16 rebounding advantage to push tempo and get 27 fast break points compared to Marquette’s 15 fast break points. The win by Omaha shows the comparable talent around college basketball as a Summit League team is able to beat a Big East school on the road.
Marquette’s young backcourt of Sandy Cohen lll and Duane Wilson have the most potential to be professionals after they finish college basketball. Cohen lll, is a freshman who can play both shooting guard and small forward positions. He is 6’6 with a great wingspan. His strengths are shooting ability and offensive versatility even though he struggled in this game, shooting 2-of-9 from the field. He needs to improve on his ball handling and movement without the ball. Also, like most freshman his defensive lateral movement needs to be improved. Wilson, a red shirt freshman is a pure point guard who looks to pass first but can score as well. He has the strength of playmaking ability in the half court. He needs to work on being consistent throughout the whole game with his shooting and passing.
Devin Patterson, a 5’11 junior guard from Nebraska-Omaha, can play both shooting and point guard positions. He seems to be more confident at the point guard position. His strengths are his ball handling and quickness around the basket to creatively finish or make a pass. He needs to work on the mechanics of his jump shot.. CJ Carter, a 6’1 senior guard, has a quick handle that can break down any defender on the fast break or in one versus one situation. He also showed the ability to finish around the basket with post players present. He needs to improve on his consistency on his jump shot and shot without a dribble. Both guards have potential to be solid players because of their quickness with the ball and ability to break down the defense. There improvement must be on the defensive end to make a overseas professional team.
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