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Bring on the PodCats with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Ben Steele

A Marquette beat writer shares his insights on why the Golden Eagles’ offense isn’t flying high just yet and says K-State should cause some matchup problems for a defense that looks better than recent versions.

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NCAA Basketball: NIT Season Tip-Off-Louisville vs Marquette
Stopping Markus Howard will be the key to success for Kansas State’s defense on Saturday.
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Derek Smith and I took a break from the football madness currently gripping Kansas State fans to talk with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Marquette beat writer Ben Steele about Saturday’s marquee matchup. This is the nonconference test we’ve been waiting for, and Ben says the Golden Eagles bring plenty of offensive firepower, especially with do-it-all point guard Markus Howard and sharpshooter Sam Hauser. Those two guys have already hit 15 more threes (46 total, 23 each) than Kansas State with just 9 more attempts (117) and one extra game.

But there is some good news for the ‘Cats as well, since Ben says Marquette has struggled at times with small lineups and versatile big men like Dean Wade. This is a make-or-break season for fifth-year coach Steve Wojciechowski and the Golden Eagles should be contenders for a title in the wide open, slightly down Big East. K-State is also the first quality college basketball team to visit the brand new Fiserv Forum, so Saturday’s game should feature a great atmosphere.

Be sure to check out Ben’s work at the Journal-Sentinel and follow him on Twitter @BenSteeleMJS.

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