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Game Preview- Marquette at Louisville

Posted on 28 February 2006 by Justin Phillips

Thanks to a West Virginia win over Pitt on Monday, Marquette (19-8, 9-5) now controls its own destiny in their quest for a first round bye in next week’s BIG EAST Tournament. Due to tie-breakers, Marquette would receive the four seed and the bye over Georgetown and Pitt if they can win their final two. Standing in the way Wednesday is the Louisville Cardinals (17-10, 5-9).
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Game Preview- Marquette at Notre Dame

Posted on 25 February 2006 by Justin Phillips

A rivalry is revisited Saturday evening in South Bend, as the Marquette Warriors (18-8, 8-5) look to clinch a winning conference record against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (13-11, 4-9).

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Marquette Finally Getting Its Due

Posted on 21 February 2006 by Justin Phillips

While the polls may be lagging behind in showing proper respect to this year’s Marquette team, the national media is beginning to jump on the bandwagon. From Bracketologists to TV analysts, the media is beginning to pay attention. In yesterday’s version of Bracketology Joe Lunardi had Marquette as a #6 seed in the NCAA tournament. Sounds pretty good right? Well CBS Sportsline had MU as a #5! In addition all three major sports websites have been gushing over the Warriors performance last week. ESPN, CBS Sportsline, and Fox Sports have all made special mention of Marquette’s post season chances. In fact, ESPN moved MU into their “lock” category come tournament time.

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What a great weekend to be a Warrior!

Posted on 20 February 2006 by Justin Phillips

Ok, I’ll admit it. Going into this weekend I thought Marquette would lose both games. I would have been thrilled with a split. But, they proved me wrong yet again. Along with my double portion of crow, I had to chew on this fact as well; Marquette will be dancing once again. And it is delicious.

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Live Blog – Marquette vs. Pittsburgh (2/18/06) Post Game

Posted on 19 February 2006 by admin

Welcome to the Bradley Center Media Room!

Post Game Press Conference:
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    Dominic James - Marquette guard Steve Novak - Marquette forward Tom Crean - Marquette head coach Jamie Dixon - Pittsburgh head coach

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Live Blog – Marquette v. Pittsburgh – 2/18/06 (second half)

Posted on 18 February 2006 by admin

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Marquette is wearing gold.
Pittsburgh is wearing blue.

20:00 Pitt will shoot toward the MU student section.
19:42 Kendall hits open shot after Gray gets attention down low.
19:42 44-43 MU.
19:13 McNeal misses steal. Krauser hits long two. 45-44 Pitt.
18:57 James blows by defense, hits open lay-up. 46-45 MU.
18:40 Expecting a second half filled with runs.
18:18 Joe Chapman for three, good. 49-45 MU.
18:06 Ramon for three, good. 49-48 Pitt.
17:56 Each team starts half with guns blaring.
17:45 Jump ball. Possession arrow favors Marquette.
16:54 Barro gets fouled by Kendall. Third foul on Kendall.
16:54 Kendall will rest.
16:54 Two offensive rebounds this possession by MU.
16:47 Steve Novak for three, good. 52-48 MU.
16:33 Novak has 18 points.
16:29 Barro gives Gray all he can handle. Technical foul and personal foul 
assessed to Aaron Gray. 
16:29 Novak shoots the free throws. Makes them both. 54-48 MU.
16:29 Gray will rest. Crowd boos Gray as he exits.
16:29 Marquette ball.
15:50 It will be up to Carl Krauser for Pittsburgh, now.
15:30 5-0 run by Pitt. 54-54 Pitt.
15:22 Pitt is still dangerous without Kendall and Gray.
15:12 McNeal hits open three. 57-53 MU. Crowd gets loud.
14:51 McNeal shadowing Krauser.
14:49 Offensive foul on Tyrell Biggs. 57-53 MU.

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Live Blog – Marquette v. Pittsburgh – 2/18/06 (first half)

Posted on 18 February 2006 by admin

Welcome to the Bradley Center!
site updates every minute

Marquette is wearing gold.
Pittsburgh is wearing blue.

20:00 Ronald Ramon takes in the BC atmosphere before tipoff. 
20:00 Pittsburgh wins the tip. 
19:45 Marquette playing man 
19:36 Barro rejects Gray.
19:26 "We are..Marquete...We are...Marquette." -student section
19:14 Gray from 2 feet, good. 2-0 Pitt.
18:49 Dominic James is injured. Was hit after shooting a three 
and is still down. Walked off under own power. Will rest.
18:46 2-3 zone by MU.
18:40 Pitt travels. MU ball.
18:38 Matthews running the point.
18:30 "Lets go Warriors...Lets go Warriors." -student section
18:25 Novak for three, good. 3-2 MU.
18:06 Refs confer, Novak's FG is now a two.
17:49 Novak shadows Gray in the zone.
17:13 Very physical game, already. Pitt with reckless abandon on the boards.
16:56 Ryan Amoroso sighting. Replaces Barro.
16:56 Krauser hits one free throw. 5-2 Pitt.
16:43 McNeal hits. 5-4 Pitt.
16:25 Gray over the back of Novak. 
16:25 Dominic James enters. Fans cheer.
16:08 Novak covered by Kendall. Novak travels.

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Live Blog – Marquette v. Pittsburgh – 2/18/06 (pre-game)

Posted on 18 February 2006 by admin

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Marquette Golden Eagles (17-8, 7-5 Big East)
Pittsburgh Panthers (20-3, 9-3 Big East)

Last meeting: 1/28/2006, Pittsburgh win, 77-71.
Marquette lead at halftime, 40-33. 

Outlook: A Marquette win firmly establishes the Golden Eagles as a threat 
come March. A loss places added pressure on MU's upcoming two game roadtrip. 
The Golden Eagles have an NCAA Tournament resume, but 17 wins is not enough.
A sellout crowd is expected and if Marquette starts out quickly, watch out. 
If the Golden Eagles can contain Pittsburgh's Aaron Gray while securing
the perimeter, Marquette can win. Expect a very physical game. The tougher
team will win.

Marquette gave up 19 offensive rebounds to Pittsburgh last meeting. On the
bright side, the Golden Eagles only had 11 turnovers. Expect Chris Grimm 
to see extra minutes to limit Pittsburgh's rebounds. Keeping Dominic James
healthy throughout the game should keep Marquette's turnovers down.

As always, no one gives Marquette momentum quicker than Steve Novak.
This year, big games at the Bradley Center have meant big games for 
Novak. Last time at Pittsburgh, Novak scored only 8 points.

The student section sounds as excited as they have been all year.
Marquette and Pittsburgh, coming up next.

Possible Lineups
20 - Steve Novak - senior - F - 16.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
41 - Ousmane Barro - soph. - C - 3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg
32 - Joe Chapman - senior - G - 6.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
22 - Jerel McNeal - frosh - G - 11.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg
1 - Dominic James - frosh. G - 15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.4 apg

11 - Carl Krauser - senior - G - 15.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg
4 - Ronald Ramon - soph. - G - 8.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg
0 - John DeGroat - senior - F - 3.3 ppg, 1.8
14 - Levon Kendall - junior - F - 6.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg
33 - Aaron Gray - junior - C - 14.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg
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Game Preview- Marquette vs. #9 Pittsburgh

Posted on 17 February 2006 by admin

After a huge 57-51 win over #17 Georgetown, the Marquette Warriors (17-8, 7-5) have no time to celebrate with another big test coming up on Saturday, as the #9 Pitt Panthers (20-3, 9-3) come into the Bradley Center for an 8 PM tilt.

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MU upsets #17 Georgetown, 57-51

Posted on 17 February 2006 by admin

MU entered this game with some demons to exorcise. First, there was their first losing streak of the season. Second, MU has had horrid luck on National Marquette Day, last winning in the 2001-02 season. Third, there was Marquette???s inability to close out games this season.

Say goodbye to all three.

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