Marquette Game Preview: Chicago State

Alex JessweinContributor INovember 16, 2008

When: Monday, Nov. 16, 2008, 8:00 PM Central
Where: Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
TV/Radio: TW Sports 32, ESPN Full Court,, 540 ESPN Milwaukee
Last Meeting: Marquette won 102-49 on Nov. 18, 2001

This game is the first of four in the Chicago Invitational.  Marquette takes on Texas Southern in Milwaukee next Tuesday before heading to Hoffman Estates, Illinois to face Northern Iowa and Dayton.

Chicago State returns their top four scorers from a year ago, including David Holston, who is the second-leading scorer in the nation among returning players.


Mike Wilson is a 6’1” guard who started 17 of 27 games in the 2007-2008 season.  Wilson seems to be a glue guy that does a little bit of everything.  In Chicago State’s opening win over St. Xavier, he took just four shots but tallied four points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 15 minutes of action.

David Holston
is undoubtedly the leader of this team.  He averaged 23.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game last season while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range.  Don’t let his small stature (5’8”) fool you.  He is a big-time scorer who had 32 points, seven assists, and five steals in their first game.  Of those 32 points, 27 came from three-pointers.

Holston is ultra quick, and I would imagine that Marquette would put Dominic James on him.  Here is a highlight clip to give you a feel for Holston’s game.

John Cantrell rounds out Chicago State’s three-guard lineup.  He is their second option behind Holston.  Last season he averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game for the Cougars.  In the opener, he had 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting.  He is 6’2”, so I would have to guess that McNeal would defend him.

Tawrence Walton is one of Chicago State’s frontcourt starters.  He is a little undersized at 6’6” and 195 pounds, but he has the ability to play inside and out.  Walton had 10 points and seven rebounds in the opener.  He started 10 of 27 games last season.

It will be interesting to see how he matches up with Lazar Hayward.  I would imagine that Hayward would try to take advantage of him in the post.

Carl Montgomery had a perfect night from the field and the free throw line against St. Xavier.  He was 8-8 from the field and 7-7 from the stripe.  In addition to his 23 points, he hauled in 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Just a sophomore, Montgomery is a 6’7”, 220-lb. forward. It will be interesting to see how close Montgomery can come to equaling those numbers against better competition.