Much has been made about undefeated Marquette's high-octane offense. Its defense efforts, however, also deserve some attention.
With point guard Junior Cadougan expected back following a one-game suspension, the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles look to extend their best start in five years Tuesday night when they face Washington in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Marquette (7-0), which last opened with eight consecutive wins in 2006-07, boasts one of the country's most prolific offenses. The Golden Eagles rank in the top 10 nationally in field-goal percentage (50.9 percent) and are just outside the top 10 in points per game (84.1).
While that offense continues to shine, their defense has more than held its own. Marquette is limiting opponents to an average of 58.7 points on 34.9 shooting - including just 29.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Golden Eagles' defensive prowess was on display during Saturday's 61-54 victory at then-No. 9 Wisconsin. While Marqu...