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Marquette Makes Buzz Williams Head Coach

Posted on 07 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

Buzz Williams will be promoted from assistant coach Marquette’s head coach, according to sources. Williams is known as one of the better recruiters in the nation.

He was the head coach for New Orleans University during the 2006-2007 season (14-17 record) and has been an assistant coach at Texas A&M, Colorado State, Northwestern State, Texas A&M Kingsville and The University of Texas at Arlington before joining Marquette’s staff.


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April Fools? Nope. Player confirms Crean to leave Marquette.

Posted on 01 April 2008 by Joe Beres

Tom Crean

The news that no Marquette fan wanted to hear on a day that no Marquette fan really wants to believe has arrived. On April 1st, the Golden Eagles head coach, Tom Crean, left our beloved basketball program in pursuit of a job at the University of Indiana. With Crean leaving for a school in need of rebuilding and full of questions, Marquette fans are left with many questions of their own. The two main questions that everyone is asking are: will Crean’s recruits stay at Marquette or will they leave now that he is no longer their coach, and who will be able to fill the job that Crean has left vacant? Unfortunately, for us this very well may mean that both James and McNeal could be going out for the draft, as well as a couple of Crean’s 2009 recruits starting to look at what the Hoosiers can offer them.

However, there is plenty for Marquette fans to be skeptical about. Whether you are angry with him for leaving Marquette or happy to see some change, there is no doubt that he has given Marquette a height of attention that it has not seen since the Al McGuire days. He also did a great job of leading Marquette to becoming one of the most dominant teams of arguably the best conference in basketball – oh, and by the way, he took us to the Final Four in 2003. With all the national attention Marquette has received, we are able to talk to some quality coaches who may not have even considered Marquette previously.

One name that has been floating around between students is Bobby Knight. It would be very ironic if the former Indiana coach ended up at Marquette right after Crean’s departure. Knight retired from Texas Tech mid-season and became a part time analyst for ESPN. Many in the basketball community believe that Knight will coach again, but would he come back so soon? While Knight without a doubt would make a great head coach at Marquette and probably take the team to the next level, the odds may be against the former Hoosier coming back just months after retirement.

Despite their poor finish in the tournament, Drake’s head coach, Keno Davis, would be a great candidate for the coaching job. He led the Bulldogs in a dominating season in the Missouri Valley Conference and achieved a five seed in the NCAA tournament. This all coming from a coach whose team was expected to finish ninth in the conference.

Davidson’s lead man Bob McKillop is also a great option. He has shown a great eye for recruiting bringing in strong recruits such as Stephen Curry, Andrew Lovedale and Jason Richards. He had an extremely successful year in which he led the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance.

Now that Lute Olson is back with Arizona and he’s released the interim coach Kevin O’Neill, there is an opportunity to get somebody that had some success in a tumultuous year in and in a power conference. Not to mention that O’Neill used to coach at Marquette.

These are all good options for the lead man, but the best thing to do right now may be to wait and see who else becomes available. Regardless of what happens, Marquette is back on track as being one of the elite programs in the country and it will not take a legend to keep the success coming.

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Spring season for men’s Lacrosse

Posted on 13 March 2008 by Eric Hart

Even though there is still more than a foot of snow on the ground, the Marquette Men’s Lacrosse team is getting ready to start their conference season. Although the weather has been a deterrent to practicing outside, as freshman Carl Anderson said, “You just have to deal with it.”The team opens their year this weekend against nationally ranked Illinois. The team is looking to build off of their fall season during which they ended strong and really came together in their last tournament.

Marquette returns basically the same team from their fall season but this semester the team is much healthier. Marquette also returns reigning coach of the year Panchito Ojeda and second team all conference member Andrew Weber.

Marquette is one of seven teams in the UMLL conference which is part of a Division I league of around 100 teams around the nation. The Lacrosse team has 14 new members which makes them very young. Among them is Anderson.

Anderson joined the team because he has been playing lacrosse since he was 10 years old. He also wanted to be a part of a team that was dedicated to winning.

It is this enthusiasm and dedication on the part of the 14 freshmen that has led seniors Andy Hunt and Adam Caccamise to believe that this is the most talented freshman class that they have seen in their four years on the team.

Hunt, one of five seniors on the team, said that he was “more excited for this year than any other in my four year career. We work hard, but also have a lot of fun.”

Hunt and Caccamise have been on the team since their freshman year. While having five seniors on the team does not sound like much, it is rare for the team to have more than a couple seniors because most players do not stay with the team all four years.

The leadership of the five seniors along with a talented freshman class should give Marquette one of its best seasons in recent memory.

The Marquette Men’s Lacrosse season will be highlighted by back to back games April 4 and 5 against University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and then University of Minnesota at Valley Fields. The April 4th match will be played at 7 p.m. under the lights and the April 5th game is scheduled for 3 p.m. The team always looks forward to their home games because they are so few and far between and because of the great crowd support that comes along with the event.

An estimated 500 fans packed into Valley Fields to watch a home game last year. This season Marquette only has those two home games on their schedule, so they are expecting an even larger crowd this year.

One other highlight of the season will be a spring break trip to the Carolinas and Georgia where the team will face off against Georgia Tech, The University of South Carolina and Wake Forrest. Marquette will also travel to St. Paul in April to play conference foe and 4th-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. While Marquette is not nationally ranked, they did receive votes in the poll this year, something that they have not received in seven years. The team was picked to finished 3rd in conference.

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Men’s hoops takes care of business

Posted on 08 November 2007 by Luke Fuller

Marquette men’s basketball got underway with an exhibition match against the Northern State University Wolves last Sunday. While Marquette was able to secure an 83-55 victory, the actual implications of the game provide a much wider range of concerns than the final score may indicate.

At the most basic level Marquette’s victory this weekend is worth something, just ask disgruntled Michigan State fans who found their own “Appalachian State” in the Grand Valley State University Lakers last Friday.

Marquette was clearly a superior team in nearly every facet of the game, which is reassuring considering last year’s team’s willingness to play down to its opposition.

Marquette’s guards seemed to get into the lane nearly at will throughout the game. During one stretch in the middle of the first half, James was able to repeatedly beat his man off the dribble and forced the Wolves’ defense to collapse. It got better from there though, as James and rest of Marquette’s guards made excellent entry passes to Marquette’s big men creating some great scoring opportunities.

At this point Marquette’s troubles started. The overmatched Wolves’ defenders fouled Marquette early and often setting up 44 free throw attempts for the Golden Eagles. The Eagles struggled mightily at the line, no surprise to those familiar with last year’s team, converting a mere 30 of their 44 attempts.

Marquette’s struggles from the charity stripe were particularly pronounced in the first half when they were 16 for 29 versus an impressive 14 for 15 in the second half.

After the game Coach Crean offered a viable explanation for his team’s struggles, “We haven’t been in here [Bradley Center] much. We’ll get better at it.”

The difference in shooting free throws from the Al Maguire Center to the Bradley Center is understandable, and the statistics seem to clearly indicate that the Golden Eagles adjusted and improved from the stripe, a marked change from last year’s free throw experience.

Marquette also did an excellent job defending the three-point-arc. The Wolves attempted 22 threes during the game but were only able to convert a mere two of their attempts.

Marquette will face IUPUI next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bradley Center.

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How madness met Midnight

Posted on 02 November 2007 by Trevor Kapp

Thirty-one years ago, then Maryland head basketball coach Lefty Driesell wanted to get a head start on the competition. So when first official practices were slated to begin October 15, Driesell figured why not beginright when the clock strikes midnight?

Driesell, in fact, did just that and today, college basketball fans around the country are thankful he did. Perhaps what makes Midnight Madness so unique is the fan interaction. Reigning Big East Champion Georgetown, for example, gives away t-shirts, video games, food, and has a three point shooting contest for the fans as well. USC even takes that a step farther, distributing season tickets for both football and basketball games, iPods, Disneyland tickets, airline tickets, and even free tuition. While no one can compete with the Trojans, Memphis tries, giving away mini-basketballs and player autographs, which are not to be overlooked, considering John Calipari’s Tigers have arguably the biggest recruit in the entire 2011 class in five-star point guard Derrick Rose.

Midnight Madness is not all about fun and games though. Teams often bring their biggest recruits to the arenas, hoping they will be wowed by the aura of the event. Georgetown coach John Thompson III, convinced the number one prospect in the 2008 high school class, 6’10’’ power forward Greg Monroe from Gretna, Louisiana, to make his official visit this weekend.

As Golden Eagles fans, let’s hope the visit didn’t go as well as the Hoyas would have liked.

As the capacity crowd of 4,000 that filed into the Al McGuire Center on October 13 saw, teams also bring back stars of the past. Marquette coach Tom Crean shocked the fans by presenting his former first-team All-American Dwyane Wade. Wade spoke to the crowd for roughly three minutes and reminded Golden Eagles fans that they have a responsibility to pack the Bradley Center for every game and be the best fans in college basketball.

Beyond the fans and the recruits, Midnight Madness is a time to welcome in the present, and dreams of a national title that eluded 364 teams the year before. Former Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie was introduced to the Kentucky faithful as over 23,000 fans packed Rupp Arena to see the coach in action for the first time. Marquee freshmen and likely “one-and done” players such as Eric Gordon of Indiana, OJ Mayo of USC, and Michael Beasley of Kansas State, all of whom face a tremendous load of pressure to lead their respective teams deep into the tournament, were welcomed into their new arenas last night as well. Practices couldn’t start soon enough for Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels. The Heels, coming off a disappointing collapse to the Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert led Georgetown Hoyas in the elite eight last year, are poised to make a title run this year and should be ranked number one when the preseason coaches poll is first revealed in a couple of weeks.

The college basketball season is here fans. Enjoy it while it lasts because with a combination of battle tested head coaches, proven upper classmen, and one of the best freshmen classes we’ve seen in a long time, the 2007/2008 season promises to be a special one.

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Men’s lacrosse team continues upward trend

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Nicole Larson

Valley Fields are alive once again with the hard work and positive attitude of the Marquette men’s lacrosse team. The men are back with a vengeance for the spring season with a few fresh faces and the same great attitude. Men’s lacrosse has grown a lot since fall, and is back and better than ever this spring. Through a tough practice schedule and constantly being on the road for away games, the team has kept a clean image and is motivated to improve and be the best team Marquette has ever had.

The guys practice at Valley fields three to four times a week. If that isn’t a commitment in itself, then consider the fact that team members practice from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. all of those nights. They are also constantly traveling in order to play other teams. This spring, the men have already traveled to numerous schools including Vanderbilt in Tennessee, Kansas State, Iowa State, MSU Mankato and the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point. For most club teams, this amount of travel is a lot to handle, but the lacrosse team doesn’t mind the grind of the road. For the most part, the men look at the traveling as an opportunity to see places they otherwise may not have gotten the chance to see and as a great team bonding experience. The spring season has brought many new faces to the team, and the traveling has helped bring the guys together and get to know each other better.

It may seem that the spring team has no differences from the fall team, but the spring season has brought many changes. Along with the many new players and the vigorous traveling schedule, the team has also matured to a great extent. In the fall season, there was an excessive amount of new freshmen, which made the team seem young and inexperienced. The freshmen now have played a season and know what it takes to play at the college level. Due to the team’s intense practice schedule and the amount of hard work they have put into their sport, the lacrosse team has made the conference tournament, which means the hard work will become more challenging. But it also gives the club an exclusive opportunity to show off their efforts and make a name for themselves among other college teams.

Keeping up with a promise the team made to themselves, the administration and the Marquette community, the lacrosse team has remained sober and could not be happier about it. Freshman goal keeper Pat Dahl explained that the team has worked hard to stay alcohol-free and the men do not miss it at all.

“We are very strict on the drinking policy,” Dahl said. “The team has learned its lesson from the previous year and we are a better team for it.” The team also has made a great commitment to participate in community service. They already took part in Al’s Run/Walk in the fall, and brought their best to help with Hunger Clean-Up, last Saturday, April 21.

The men’s lacrosse team has made leaps and bounds toward a better team this year, bouncing back from an embarrassing scandal the year before. Throughout the fall season the men built the team back up from the ground and have done nothing but bring positive recognition back to the club. This spring is looking promising for men’s lacrosse as they are continuing to be better than ever.

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Marquette basketball preview

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Paul Nadolski

Marquette men’s basketball finished on a sour note this year with a loss in the first round of the tournament and the injury to Jerel McNeal. But next year there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

One of Marquette’s problems this past year was height. The average height of many teams Marquette played was significantly taller than Marquette’s. And the only real rebounding presence the team had was Ousmane Barro. Next year will be a different story. The team has brought in some tall power forwards.

One recruit that has garnered some attention is 6-7 forward Trevor Mbakwe, a top 150 prospect. Mbakwe, who is from Mendota Heights, Minn., has been projected by rivals to be an All Big East player and a key contributor to Marquette’s success.

The other players Marquette is bringing in are Scott Christopherson, a 6-2 shooting guard from Melrose, Wis.; Pat Hazel, a 6-7 power forward from Blair, N.J.; and Damian Saunders, a 6-7 power forward from Fitchburg, Mass.

All of these recruits are ranked as three star prospects, which means they should be good players, but not probably not superstars. Keep in mind that rankings are not final, so there might be a diamond in this class, and many are expecting it to be Mbakwe.

Besides the new recruits, Marquette is expected to bring back their entire starting lineup from last year. If Dominic James can become more consistent and McNeal fully recovers from his injury, the team should be a force to be reckoned with.

Lazar Hayward, Dan Fitzgerald, David Cubillan and Ousmane Barro are also coming back, the only players lost were role-playing seniors who were important but not irreplaceable.

Marquette has also locked up a four star recruit for the 2008-09 season in Nick Williams, a 6-3 shooting guard from Mobile, Ala. He is ranked in the top 75 prospects for the class of 2008. So the future looks bright for the Golden Eagles; as long as Coach Tom Crean stays, the team will stay competitive and hopefully championship caliber.

Some information from: www.Marquette.rivals.com

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WV vs. MU

Posted on 13 January 2007 by Justin Phillips

And I was truly convinced that MU was going to start conference play 0-4. Mu is now hoping to instead move to .500 after a win last game vs Uconn. Mu was able to dominate the paint and score a lot of layups, so it looks like Tom Crean found himself a plan.

WV comes into the game ranked 21 in both polls, MU fell out of the polls with losses to Provo, a team off to their best conference start in recent history, and Cuse. WV played a rather fluff non-conference season, with wins including Cansius, Duquesne, and the Citadel. WV is coming off a loss at Notre Dame. In the conference games WV has won, they’ve had leads as big as 28 vs St. Johns, 23 vs Nova, and 19 vs Uconn. MU and WV have nearly identical pregame jump suits, just something worth mentioning. As is the fact that WV has a player that looks a lot like Brian Collar, he’s wearing Larry Bird-esque shorts that are….rather high.

MU is going to have to contain The Mountaineers’ Frank Young today. He looks like he is the focal point of the offence, very much like Steve Novak was last year. Young hit a school record 8 three pointers against Nova on January 3rd. He scored 25 points in that game so he really has no inside game, very one dimensional. As a team The Mountaineers have made 10 or more 3 pointers 11 times this season, last year WV hit 20 3’s against us. WV is coached by John Beilein, 82nd all time amongst the winningest coaches, 537 wins. Beilein is the only coach who has recorded 20 wins at every level of the college game, JuCo, NAIA, D2 and D1.

Maurice Acker got rid of the corn rows, and basically all of his hair, another oddity worth pointing out. I guess the key of this game for MU is on defense, containing the 3 ball. On offense it has to be continuing the in the paint success they had last game.

For all of you who need to hear the game too. ESPN will be covering this game, former MU coach Rick Majerus announcing. Anyone willing to make an early drinking game out of this. Take a drink every time Majerus says “Warriors”

In Big East news player of the week was Herbert Hill the Provo center who averaged 21.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.7 blocks in a 3-0 week for Provo. They are tied for 1st in conference with Pitt. MU is tied for 9th.

Big East Freshmen of the week is Eugene Harvey, Seton Hall guard who averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2 rebounds, shooting 50% from the field in a 1-1 week.

Starting Lineups:


Darris Nichols #14 G, Radford VA(this will be the 2nd home game where MU is playing a Nichols)

Joe Alexander, #11 F, Mt. Alry, MD

Frank Young, #21 F, tallahasse Fla

Alex Ruoff, #22, F, Spring Hills Fla

Rob Summers #33, C columbus Ohio

MU starters

Dominic James #1 G, Richmond Ind

Jerel McNeal, #22 G, Chicago Ill

Wes Matthews #23 G, Madison WI

Lazar Hayward #32, F Buffalo NY

Ousemane Barro #41 C, Dakar, Senegal

tip off to WV

Young misses his 1st 3

MU can’t get the inside lay

Alexander for 2 19:05

Jerel fouled on Summer

james with the crafty move to get 2. Off the back of an opposing player

Alexander throws the ball away

Kick…MU retains the ball 18:04

James clears to Wes on the inbound

Chants seem lounder than ever

Alley-oop works again. Alley oop is a french term meaning to Go up. Since it’s french it probably has a OUXZ in there

Nicholes for 3

McNeal with the lay in

Young misses his 2nd open look at 3

MU with a OUSEMANE layin

MU 8 – WV 5

James with the steal

Jerel gets an offensive foul…the crowd cheered like it was an and 1

Clear foul as ouse but its called as a block…there is a reason why there is a facebook group about this dickhead

Jerel can’t get the homecourt roll …ob stays with MU

James lets hayward know that turnover will his fault…

Alexander with the layin under the hoop

Jerel turnover

Young hits a wide open 3

Hayward draws the foul as he goes for a tip on Ouse’s shot

Hayward gets one, Ouse grabs the rebound on the 2nd, OB stays with mu 14:20 remains

The crowd cheers as higgins made the right call, Jerel will get 3

Jerel gets all of em…thats why hes our #1 free throw shooter

Higgens waits to call the jump ball, Alexander not called for raping Matthews

Jerel turnover

All refs miss that travel

Matthews draws block he’ll go to the line

MU 12 WV 10 13:11 to go

Wes makes both

Wes to Dom for the alley oop and the crowd is on their feat

Ref calls clipping on Fitz

Brian Collar look alike checks into the game… his name is Jamie Smalligan, who is called for 5 seconds MU ball

McNeal gets blocked, the OB stays with MU, Burke and Cubillan check in

Fitz can’t draw foul on 3, dom steals it back

Cubillan 3 puts MU up by 9

Burke called for the block 11:26, time out on AL

Both teams shooting 50% fg’s MU 6-7 on free throws, MU has 4 turnovers WV 6 and Mu is outrebounding WV 9-2

Higgens calls a foul on Cubillan, Ruoff shooting 3

Makes all 3

Small section of WV fans wearin orange

Cubillan’s pass intercepted

3 point rims out for WV

Young for an open 3

WV foul on Butler

WV triple teaming mup players

Young misses an inside basket

MU foul on Burke 2nd personal 5th team

WV on a 6-0 run.

WV misses wide ipen 3

Jerel gets hard basket, no foul

MU deflection WV ball 8:28 to go

Fitz takes the foul

MU 21 – WV 16 8:05 remains

#3 at the line

Makes his two, time out on AL, 7:47

Kick, MU ball

Jerel loses it on the way up, he’ll be called for fighting for posession

MU holding a 3 point shooting team to 3-8

Fan’s chant rogain for Jamie Smalligan

Dom lays it in easy MU 23, WV 20

Young misses 3

Deflection, MU ball

Cubillan for 3

MU up 6

Steps violation MU ball

Higgens calls a Kick MU ball

MU can’t hold onto the ball

James with the steal, WV foul 5:21 remains

James misses his shot

Traveling violation, MU Ball

Wes pushed on the dribble, wv foul

He’s got a chance at a bonus

Ouse grabs the rebound, but falls so it’s a travel

matthews steal on the trap

MU can’t capitalize

Burke grabs the MU rebound, he gets poked in the eye….WV foul

Misses shot. James’ attempt at a tip goes OB

Burke grabs the lose ball

James fouled as he goes up

Time out on the court with 3:55 remaining

James gets 2

Makes his first

WV foul on Summers, pushed Burke

Burke makes his first

Smalligan for Summers

Burke makes 2nd

James called on foul, 8th team

WV 9-9 from the line

Fitz fouls young, who makes both

MU up 29-24 3:25 remains

James for 3 from matthews

Smalligan on the inside

Lott cant make the lay in

Mazzulla on a tip

Jump ball when Matthews was the only one with posession. Rape still not called on WV

O foul on WV on Mazzulla

James can’t make the 3

Burke gets the AND 1, crowd really into the game

1:31 remains Burke makes shot, MU up 35-28

James for 3

WV 3 misses, Dom helped up by Tommy after he dives for ball

Burke drives hard to the inside, he’ll get 2

Burke makes first

and 2nd MU up 10 with 25 seconds to go

Shot clock is off….

WV misses another 3 to end the first half, MU will go into the break up 10

MU honoring 90 years of Basketball during the half. Oldest living player graduated in 1933, first paid assistant coach. Players for all generations in attedance as well as coaches

Young steals the inbound but cant make the free dunk

Hayward for 3

Ouse dives for the ball will drive the lane and dunk

MU 45 WV 30

In and out for Alexander

James cant get the tough shot to fall

Jerel on the rebound but he can’t hold it

Nichols misses

WV playing very sloppy

Alexander cant lay it in but Smalligan gets tips

Kick, stays with mu 17:43 remains

MU up 13

Ouse can’t go up, blocked, WV ball

Summers gets two

Ousemane from Mcneal downlow

Another missed 3 for WV

Matthews for 2

WV Really needs a time out

ESPN just saved WV

MU up 49-34 with just under 16 to play

WV really hurting because they can’t ge the 3 ball to fall. 3-11 in the first half, 0-2 in the 2nd. they are shooting 8-21 from inside the arch

James’ pass cant get to Jerel, just weren’t on the same page there

Ruoff grabs 2 points

Fitz’s 3 can’t land

Summers on the inside

Jerel hits a field goal

MU 51 WV 38 14:37 to play

2 for Nichols

Ouse gets an offensive foul.

Burke in for Ouse

Fitz goes under the basket for 2

MU holds the 13 point lead

Matthews steals and is fouled on the lay in

Matthews misses his first

makes 2nd

MU foul on Matthews 1st personal 1st team

Mu goes 6:25 without fouling

Cubillan in for Matthews

Butler grabs his 2

Burke loses the ball

Jerel needs help getting up…looks like a knee problem. MU time out

WV steal inbound

everyone wants a carry, it’ll end up being a foul on McNeal

Matthews in for McNeal

Out of bounds, MU ball as james wrestles for it

james blocked, 3 pointer for young

Crowd getting behind MU

Fire up Marquette Fire up

MU starting to run clock, but james gives it up

He’ll be called for the foul

Matt Hegar to shoot the half court shot

3 pointer for half a semester

He misses, but it was cool

Alexander blocked on his way up

Fitz bumped around but he’ll be ok

WV forced to call a time out 11:31 remains

MU outrebounding WV by 11

Ouse fouled as he goes to the hoop

he’ll get two

Makes 1st

misses 2nd, WV ball

MU foul on matthews 2nd personal 4th team

Air-ball from Alexander

Fitz blocked on 3 but he’ll get his own rebound, to matthews for a buzzer beater lay in

Ouse grabs a rebound

Cubillan for another 3. David is 3-3

Ousemane on the foul

Steal McNeal drives, gets the hoop the harm and the foul

Misses shot

next posession, Matthews with the lay in

MU up 19

Time out afer the McNeal foul 7:46 remains, this game might be allowed to be called over

Mu shooting 50% from field goals, WV 37%. WV still 100% on foul shots. MU has one less turnover at 15 and outrebounding WV 34-20

Mazzulla makes his foul shot

MU 64 WV 48

Matthews fouled as he passes to Cubillan Summers’ 4th team’s 5th

Smalligan in for Summers

Bird in the Arena

just heard 17 baby eagle jokes

Ousemane from Dom

MU up 18

Alexander off the glass for 2

WV foul on Nichols 2nd personal 6th team

Matthews grabs 2

Arena wants a jump ball but Wes called for a foul

Smalligan hears rogaine chants at the line

He goes 1-1

Alexander misses the open look

Dom gets the finger roll

MU 70 WV 51

5:12 to go

Time out WV

Higgens ignores Wes’s call for a time out, 5 second violation

Ruoff gets to shoot two, no foul really, refs just feel sad

Makes both

Dom knocks down a rainbow 3

Cubillan with the steal and lay in

Fitz called for a phantom foul, even though Alexander went french soccer player on his ass

Alexander Becomes only the 2nd player of WV to miss a foul shot

Higgens calls a jumpball, dumbass

Mu can’t grab the rebound

Alexander grabs 2

Dom Grabs the hoop harm and foul, time out 2:58 remains

MU 77 WV 58

James makes his shot

2 points for WV

Mu shooting 65% from the field this game, WV just 37

Ouse can’t slam it down, but MU grabs their 37(+) rebound and they hold it

Ouse travels, as cubillan passes an easy lay in

Kinsella comes in

it’s about time for tommy

and Craig

Blackledge and Craig to check on

Cubillan hits his 4th of 4 3pointers

Standing O as the walk ons come in and the stars come off

Lott, Kinsella, Blackledge Craig and tommy in

Tommy called for a blocking foul

MU up 20, 81-61

MU will win 81-63 defeating its 2nd ranked opponent in two games

Post Game

MU saw for players in double figures, Dom Jerel Wes and David. Cubillan had a perfect night 4-4 on three pointers. Jerel lead the team with 9 rebounds and 7 assists. As a team, Mu was 29-55 from fieldgoal land, 8-14 from beyond the arch and 15-23 from the line

WV had two players in double figures lead by Young. the team shot 19-49 from the field, 5-22 from 3 land and 20-23 from the line.

Jerel: If we were able to get stops we’d get out in transition. We were able to do a great job defensivly, and took them out of their zone. Turning point in the game was when they switched from Zone to Man. we got them out of their comfort level, doing a great job getting open looks. They take a lot of long range shots and coach told us we needed to get a lot of rebounds. Our team is a defensive minded team, thats what gives this team energy. we spent a lot more time in the gym, guys are committed, we’ve been in the gym working hard. Me dom and wes took it upon ourselves to get David more looks

WV coach: Reality set in today, MU is a great basketball team. their 3 point shooting and foul shooting was very uncharacteristic of their team. We lost 4 of 5 starters from at tournament season. They guarded us well, they are good, thats what took away our three. We had 5 turnovers last year and they were a darn good team last year. Timing is extremly important. We are a different zone than provo and cuse, we do what we do. We forced 17 turnovers. Cubillan just makes a huge difference. it’s like having Novak out there. The team is just a year older than last year and they aren’t afraid of the big east. We have some rythem players that couldn’t get into it. I thought the last two minutes of the first half was just a tough stretch for us. We are a very young inexperienced team, and we have to find a way to embrace and grow from the challenges.

Dominic: We really didnt want to give them a chance to set up their zone. They do a great job in the 1-3-1. Coach really wanted us to get the ball to David. they more that we give him, the more lanes will open up. he’s doing a great job hitting spots. We had great preperation, stay aggressive, drive and kick game. A lot of rebounds were guard rebounds, because they shoot a lot of 3s. I was just staying confident and staying with my shot. those two games we lost are going to be right there with us as a constant reminder. Good thing to have Momentum going in to Monday against Louisville. We’re not going to worry about the rankings we can’t control them, we have to get wins. Louisville is a hostile environment and we have to bring our A-game.

Coach Crean: Our crowd was beyond spectacular, they helped us create gain and keep momentum. It was no easy task to play infront of all the old players. The two keys for us were ball movement, 19 assists is good for that and to limit their three point shooting, holding them to 5 makes was very good. We played against a very good and diciplined game. It’s been a week where we’ve gotten a lot better in. Our biggest thing was we couldn’t get worked up if it was zone man or trap defense. Our execution was really good, but our enegry and ability to keep running is what it seperated it for us. They made 20 3s last year, and we can’t defend them like we did last year. Any time there are a lot of 3s shot there are a lot of long rebounds. this is a team that we can’t allow to have 2nd shots. They understand now that we can’t struggle on the inside. We have to keep rebounding. One our biggest keys offensively is getting David and Dan more shots. He needs to see his roll as a shooter. And teams knowing that he can shoot the ball will free things up for others. I think we haven’t really changed much outside of individual game adjustments. We need to make sure we are covering a lot of things, you can’t let the taste of losing infiltrate your senses. I’ve been thought to work through each loss. We can’t get away from a real strong work ethic. Now its a real short turn around to get ready for a real tough team. Nobody wants to lose at home, the fans have so much to do with that. Lazar is doing a heck of job, and to have to cover an inside man, then a guard, the backdoors are a combo of good ball pressure. We are going to one of the most challenging places to play.

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Big East Home Opener

Posted on 07 January 2007 by Justin Phillips

It’s time for the first home Big East Game for MU tonight as they take on the Syracuse Orangemen. It will be a battle of two coaching heavyweights in Jim Boeheim and of course Tom Crean. Both teams are coming off losses in their big east opener. Cuse losing to the 10th ranked Pittsburg and MU suffering a surprise defeat to Providence Friars. Cuse started the year off strong ranked 20th in the Nation, and getting as high as 15/14 before dropping back to back games vs Wichita State and Oklahoma State. Cuse completely fell out of the rankings after losing to Drexel. The team is (11-4, 0-1) on the season. Continue Reading

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16/17 Marquette vs Eastern Michigan

Posted on 18 November 2006 by Justin Phillips

Hello sports fans and hangover survivors, welcome to another great sports blog on this Saturday Early afteroon. I hope everyone his having a wonderful morning. If not, drink lots of water, take a few advil, and take a shower. You’ll feel better soon.

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