Archive | January, 2006

Game Preview- Marquette vs. St. John’s

Posted on 31 January 2006 by admin

In perhaps their biggest game thus far this season, the
Marquette Warriors head into Wednesday???s battle with St.
John???s hampered by injuries. In its last outing, Marquette
was defeated by #9 Pitt, 77-71. As painful as it was for
Marquette to lose a game they lead at halftime, the injuries
sustained against the Panthers physical, and sometimes dirty
play could prove to be a tough blow to Marquette.

Making the injuries that much more critical is the fact that
St. John???s is playing much better basketball as of late. The
Red Storm dropped their last two decisions; a 66-61 loss at
home to #11 West Virginia, and a 66-50 loss at #1 UConn. However,
before that they knocked off then-ranked Louisville, and handed
Pitt their only BIG EAST loss of the season, both coming at
Madison Square Garden.

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Latest Bracketology is out…

Posted on 30 January 2006 by admin

Marquette is in as a #10 seed facing #7 North Carolina.
ESPN Bracketology

For a summary of all the bracket projections Click Here.
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RPI & Strength of Schedule

Posted on 30 January 2006 by admin

Marquette men’s basketball

RPI:

31
SOS: 26

Both rankings are necessary but not sufficient elements of an NCAA Tournament bid.

42 days until Selection Sunday.

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Around the BIG EAST

Posted on 29 January 2006 by admin

This was an upset filled weekend in College Basketball, and the BIG EAST was no exception. Here’s a recap of this weekend’s action, and a look at the Conference standings.
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Injuries and Poor Foul Shooting Doom Marquette

Posted on 28 January 2006 by admin

If there is such a thing as a moral victory, Marquette had one today. Playing in one of the toughest arenas in college basketball, a beaten and battered Marquette (15-6, 5-3) team came out of the gates strong, but was unable to hold on to the lead in the closing minutes. In the end the tenth ranked Pittsburgh Panthers (17-1, 6-1) escaped with a 77-71 win at the Petersen Events Center, their thirteenth consecutive home win. The turning point came when do-everything point guard Dominic James came up grabbing his shoulder after a collision at mid-court. Despite injuries to both Steve Novak and James, Marquette continued to battle but the was unable to match the defensive intensity and physical presence of the Panthers.
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3 Keys: Marquette vs. #10 Pittsburgh

Posted on 27 January 2006 by admin

As Marquette (15-5, 5-2) prepares to take on #10 Pittsburgh (16-1, 5-1) there are three things that must be accomplished if MU is going to have a chance to upset another top ten team: First, Steve Novak must be more effective than he was against DePaul playing on an injured ankle. Secondly, Marquette must contain Pitt???s dynamic duo of Carl Krauser and Aaron Gray. Lastly, Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and the rest of the team must be able to handle the hostile atmosphere created by Pitt???s student section, affectionately known as ???The Zoo.???
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Game Preview- Marquette at #10 Pitt

Posted on 27 January 2006 by admin

Coming off a 62-47 home victory over DePaul, Marquette will face its toughest road test of the season Saturday as it heads into a match-up with #10 Pittsburgh.
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Game Notes – Marquette v. Pittsburgh

Posted on 27 January 2006 by admin

Marquette men’s basketball (15-5, 5-2 Big East) travels to the Petersen Events Center to take on the tenth-ranked, Pittsburgh Panthers (16-1, 5-1 Big East). Marquette, 9-2 in their last 11 games, will look to hand Pittsburgh their first home loss of the season. During Marquette’s recent three game road-trip, the Golden Eagles shot 52.2% FG, 52.4% 3-pt FG, and averaged 78 points per game.

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Post Game Comments

Posted on 26 January 2006 by admin

Sports reporter Chuck Rickert brings you commentary from the post-game press conference:

Marquette forward Dan Fitzgerald

Marquette head coach Tom Crean

Depaul head coach Jerry Wainwright

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Game Preview- Marquette v. DePaul

Posted on 25 January 2006 by admin

Marquette will look to improve its BIG EAST record to 5-2 as it takes on the DePaul Blue Demons tonight at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center. Eight days ago, MU took the first matchup at Bradley Center South, also known as Allstate Arena, 82-79. MU held a lead of 24 points in the first half, and let by 19 at halftime, only to see the Blue Demons storm back to make the large MU contingent sweat one out in Rosemont.

This game is a story of two teams going in opposite directions. Since last Tuesday, Marquette beat rival Notre Dame in a classic, 67-65 at the Bradley Center. Steve Novak poured in 28 points including a jumper from the right corner with 1.1 seconds left that gave MU a victory and sent a record crowd into a frenzy. DePaul on the other hand, is in the midst of a very tough week. Academic problems, injuries, and suspensions have plagued the Blue Demons, who have stumbled to a 1-5 start in BIG EAST play. DePaul dropped a tough 76-75 decision to bottom-feeder Providence on Saturday. Sammy Mejia scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Blue Demons, who saw yet another furious comeback fall short. Back for the Blue Demons tonight is Freshman Forward Wilson Chandler, who has been suspended for the last two contests, and is a major contributor for DePaul.
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