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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Posted on 12 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Dancing days are here again for Marquette. This evening, MU found out they will be heading west, as the #7 seed in the Oakland regional. Up first for the Warriors is #10 Alabama, who they will play Thursday in San Diego.

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BIG EAST Tournament Day Three- Final Recap

Posted on 11 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Syracuse fans everywhere now have a new hero; whoever said Gerry McNamara was overrated. The senior guard came through again in the clutch, as the Orange pulled off another thriller at Madison Square Garden, a 58-57 win over Georgetown. Syracuse trailed for the entire game, and trailed by 15 at halftime, before McNamara took over. McNamara finished with 17, and his three-point shooting helped the Orange come back. His three with 52 seconds left cut the Hoya lead to one, then McNamara hit Eric Devendorf with a beautiful bounce pass on the fast break, leading to a layup and Syracuse???s first and only lead with nine seconds left. McNamara then forced a traveling violation on Ashanti Cook, giving Syracuse the victory and a spot in Saturday???s Championship game, where they will face Pitt.

Pittsburgh clinched its fifth Championship game appearance in six years with a 68-54 victory over #2 Villanova. Antonio Graves led the Panthers with 18 points off the bench, and Randy Foye had 26 in a losing effort for the Wildcats. Villanova had to play most of the second half without All-American guard Allen Ray, who suffered a gruesome eye injury just 32 seconds into the second half when he was accidentally hit in the eye by Carl Krauser. Ray was taken to an area hospital, and may be back in time for the NCAA Tournament, coach Jay Wright told the Associated Press. Without Ray, Villanova was hurting big time, with their leader out with what appeared to be a very serious injury at the time. The Wildcats were able to chip away a little bit at the Pitt lead, but could not overcome the Panthers.

The BIG EAST Championship Game will be at 7:00 Saturday night, on ESPN.

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BIG EAST Tournament Day Two- Final Recap

Posted on 10 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

There must be something about Madison Square Garden and Syracuse. After starting yesterday’s action with a dramatic win over Cincinnati, the flare for the dramatic came out again Thursday as Syracuse upset #1 UConn, 86-84 in overtime.
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Rotten Apple: MU falls to Georgetown 62-59

Posted on 10 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Another opportunity wasted. That was the overwhelming feeling of Marquette fans after the Warriors early exit from the BIG EAST Tournament Thursday. Marquette fell to Georgetown 62-59, in one of the more frustrating games of the season for MU.

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Game Preview- Marquette vs. #23 Georgetown

Posted on 09 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Marquette hits the big time on Thursday, as they take the court at Madison Square Garden in a BIG EAST Quarterfinal game against the Hoyas of Georgetown. Marquette, the fourth seed, had a bye yesterday, while fifth-seeded Georgetown advanced with a 67-63 win over Notre Dame.
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BIG EAST Tournament Day One- Final Recap

Posted on 08 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

College Basketball fans were treated to two fantastic games in the afternoon session of the BIG EAST Tournament in NYC. In the first game, two teams playing for an at-large bid went right down to the wire. Syracuse and Cincinnati battled each other for all 40 minutes, with the Orange pulling out a dramatic 74-73 win. Cincinnati looked like they had the game won when Devan Downey stole the Syracuse inbounds pass, and was fouled with eight seconds left. This followed James White???s 15 foot jumpshot with ten seconds left that gave the Bearcats a 72-71 lead. Downey hit one of two free-throws, setting the stage for Gerry McNamara. McNamara went the length of the court and hit a running, one-handed three pointer with a half-second left. To add to the dramatics, Jihad Mohammed just missed a game-winning shot from halfcourt, hitting the front rim as time expired. Syracuse will play top-seeded UConn at 11:00 AM Thursday with a chance to solidify their spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Of greater interest to Marquette fans was the second game of the afternoon, #12 Notre Dame against #5 Georgetown, with the winner facing MU on Thursday. After a terrible start, going 0-8 from the field and falling behind 11-0, the Hoyas battled back and earned a hard-fought 67-63 win. The Georgetown victory kills any NCAA hopes the Irish had, and once again proves that Digger Phelps sniffs his highlighters too much. Brandon Bowman led the Hoyas with 25 points, as Georgetown was able to exploit Notre Dame???s 2-3 zone in the second half due to the passing ability of their big men. Marquette and Georgetown will tip-off at 1:30 PM tomorrow on ESPN.

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Novak Unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST

Posted on 06 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Congratulations to Marquette’s Steve Novak, Dominic James, and Jerel McNeal for being chosen for All-BIG EAST teams. Novak joins Connecticut’s Rudy Gay, and Villanova guards Randy Foye and Allan Ray as unanimous First Team selections. Novak finished the conference season averaging 20.4 points per game in BIG EAST play, shooting 48.6% from the field and 47.3% from three-point range in league play.

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Inside the BIG EAST Tournament

Posted on 06 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

Looking at the BIG EAST Tournament Bracket, one thing is clear. This thing is wide open. When the bottom two seeds in the Tournament are Louisville and Notre Dame, it could be a wild weekend in New York. Looking at the first round matchups, there is huge potential for upsets, and a lot at stake for some teams. Time to break down the bracket.

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Big East Tournament Schedule

Posted on 05 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
At Madison Square Garden
New York City

FIRST ROUND
Wednesday, March 8
Game 1: No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Syracuse, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 12 Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3: No. 7 Seton Hall vs. No. 10 Rutgers, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4: No. 6 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

QUARTERFINALS
Thursday, March 9
Game 5: No. 1 Connecticut vs. Game 1 winner, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 6: No. 4 Marquette vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 7: No. 2 Villanova vs. Game 3 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 8: No. 3 West Virginia vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

SEMIFINALS
Friday, March 10
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, March 11
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

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Complete Big East Tourney Picture – UPDATED

Posted on 04 March 2006 by Justin Phillips

With Seton Hall’s road win over Pitt last night, the door remains open for the Warriors to slip into the 4th spot in the Big East Tournament. With the top 3 spots already secured, today’s win guarantees Marquette at least a 5 seed in the Big East Tournament

As for Marquette’s schedule next week:
-A Georgetown loss means that Marquette will earn a bye and would play the winner of the Georgetown vs. #12 seed in the Quarterfinals. The game is scheduled for 8:30 on Thursday
-If Marquette finishes as a #5 they will play the 1:30 game on Wednesday against the #12 seed. Win, and they will have a rematch with the Hoyas of Georgetown in the Quarters.

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