Preview: Marquette vs. Kansas
Kansas is ranked second in the nation and undefeated through three games entering Thursday’s matchup with Marquette in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y., but coach Bill Self wants to see more from his squad. The Jayhawks have allowed 77 points per contest so far and needed 33 points from Lagerald Vick Friday to hold off Louisiana 89-76, and Self noted Monday the need for improvement on defense.
“I think that attention to detail and activity, more active hands and deflections, more things that are created by guys playing with activity would help us a lot,” Self told the media. The Golden Eagles rebounded from a 96-73 defeat against Indiana to defeat Presbyterian on Saturday, 74-55, but they needed a 29-8 run midway through the second half. Graduate transfer Joseph Chartouny scored 16 points off the bench and helped Marquette find itself down the stretch with 13 second-half points. “I just thought his poise and his presence really settled our team down when we were rattled,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski told reporters afterward.
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ABOUT MARQUETTE (3-1): Chartouny, who led the nation in steals per game at Fordham last season, hit three 3-points and finished 6-for-7 from the field, after scoring just four points total in the Golden Eagles first three games. Guard Markus Howard leads Marquette in scoring at 20 points per game, shooting 18-for-21 from the free-throw line. Marquette has been strong on the defensive end, as well, holding opponents to 35.6 percent shooting from the field.
ABOUT KANSAS (3-0): Vick earned Big 12 player of the week after scoring 32 points on 8-of-8 shooting from 3-point range against Vermont, then hit 7-of-12 attempts from beyond the arc against Louisiana. Vick is one of four Jayhawks starters averaging in double figures for an offense averaging 88.3 points per game and ranked sixth in the nation in 3-point shooting (46.9 percent). Center Udoka Azubuike averages 19 points per game on 67.6 percent shooting from the field.
1. Marquette is averaging more turnovers per game (15.5) than assists (15.3).
2. Kansas seeks its eighth 4-0 start in Self’s 16 seasons at the helm.
3. Marquette freshman F Joey Hauser has averaged 15.5 points and six rebounds over his past two games.