Mike Marra causes me to scream more than anyone. My humble opinion, and of course I could be wrong, the dude has a bad case of 'headcase'. Meaning he can't shoot worth a hoot except for those rare times when his first couple of shots go in. I say this because in 18 games played, he made 5 three-pointers once - against South Akabama mind you - and in another four games he made 3 (South Florida, Seton, Jackson St and Chattanooga.) So that's 17 3's in those low-RPI wins, but he took 43 shots to make them (39.5%.) In summary, his best scores come against lower level opponents, and even then his percentage is tepid.
MM played in all 5 Louisville losses, however has not played in all its wins. In the losses, MM went 1-15 from outside the arc (7%) at 15mpg. He was used in 13 of UL's 17 wins, going 17-89 (19%) in 24mpg. Curiously, he does a little better during conference play 9-28 (32%) than out 20-76 (26%). That totals 29-104 (27.8%) on the season.
This all has been about Marra's long range shooting. Whether you regard his other contributions more might be relevant. He trails only Preston! at the charity stripe with 82%, so he could be useful in special foul scenarios. He does have a nice assist to turnover ratio at 1.9, trailing only Bullet 's astonishing 2.9 and Big Tim's 2.0. (Editors note: Big Tim shoots the 3 better than Marra.)
Rebuff me if you will for this post, but frankly, it drives me insane seeing him out there. (While watching his 0-5 stint in our Providence loss, I had to take a sedative.) I don't see why Coach gives him so much playing time. Not that he hasn't had a few shiny moments, but I think 20+ minute Cardinals should have more than a 'few' shiny moments.
What do you think?