Dec 29, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT
Marquette capped the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday afternoon with a 71-48 win over Samford, with Jajuan Johnson coming off the bench to lead four players in double figures with 14 points. The win nearly came at a major cost for the Golden Eagles however, as senior forward Jamil Wilson was forced to leave the game in the first half due to a left knee injury.
After undergoing an MRI on Saturday evening, it was revealed that Wilson’s injury is a sprain and he’s considered to be day-to-day according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
According to the Journal-Sentinel, head coach Buzz Williams essentially held Wilson out for precautionary reasons, with the Golden Eagles opening Big East play at Creighton on Tuesday night. And given Marquette’s resume to this point in the season, with their best win in non-conference play coming in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy over George Washington, that matchup in Omaha sets up to be a big one.
“I would say he’s fine,” Williams said. “He probably tweaked something. I think he could’ve played and he wanted to play. In the last non-conference game, regardless of who the opponent is, I don’t think that I would’ve played him. I think it was the conservative approach to make sure nothing structurally is wrong.”
Wilson, currently averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, ranks second on the team in scoring behind senior center Davante Gardner. They’re the only two Golden Eagles averaging double figures, and against Samford all four of Marquette’s double figure scorers came off the bench. If Johnson and Deonte Burton (13 points) can build off of their performances against the Bulldogs, that would bode well for Marquette moving forward.
But even with the progress shown by the freshmen, Marquette will need Jamil Wilson on the floor Tuesday night as Creighton features All-American forward Doug McDermott. McDermott can score from anywhere on the floor, and having the athletic Wilson available will help Marquette in defending the preseason Big East Player of the Year selection.
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