Howard, however, told CBS Sports he has a clean bill of health heading into Marquette’s first-round matchup with Murray State on Thursday.“I’m doing great,” Howard said. “I’m really just excited (for the game).” Related News “We’re looking at this as a new season.”Ahead of a big game against Murray State, @MarquetteMBB’s Markus Howard talks to @JonRothstein, @BrentStoverCBS, @GaryParrishCBS, and @ELAminTraining. pic.twitter.com/g9ZvO8GYM1— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) March 18, 2019Howard is averaging 25 points, four rebounds and four assists this season. He’s shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range.Meanwhile, Morant — a projected top-five NBA draft choice — is tallying 24.6 points and 10 assists per game. March Madness 2019: Biggest snubs, surprises to make field of 68 on Selection Sunday Howard and Murray State guard Ja Morant will meet in a battle of the top two scorers in the 2019 tournament. But, Howard said he wasn’t focusing on the individual matchup.“I can’t wait,” Howard said. “It’s going to be Marquette against Murray State. I’m looking at it as a chance for my team to play against another great team and hopefully have a chance to advance. I’m not really looking too much into individual stuff. I know as a team we’re ready for the challenge.” March Madness 2019: 3 storylines to follow in Round 1 Markus Howard is “ready to go” for the NCAA Tournament.The Marquette star appeared to suffer a wrist injury and was just 1-of-15 from the field in his team’s semifinal loss to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament last weekend.