Potential Pitfalls We have to at least acknowledge that part of the reason why Theo John only averaged 20.9 minutes per game this past season is because Steve Wojciechowski didn’t want to put him on the floor. I don’t mean couldn’t relative to foul accrual, I mean chose to keep John on the bench for tactical reasons. New Year’s Day at Creighton: Eight minutes played, no fouls.
The Golden Eagles just needed to close the door on the Hoosiers........ but then Indiana remembered that they are the #3 team in this tournament. Two goals less than 10 minutes apart, one in the 71st minute and one in the 80th, first equalized the match and then gave Indiana the 2-1 lead that they would hold on to until the final horn.
Because of all that extra time that’s been played this season, MU has figured out a way to cram more than an entire extra match — 95 minutes and 59 seconds — into their 12 contests. I don’t know if that’s helpful to Marquette. A little extra experience is good, especially in a season that’s been shortened down like this spring has, but on the other side of things, having to constantly play more than 90 minutes at a stretch can lead to a little extra wear and tear.