Well, it's the off season which means we are more unprepared and disorganized then ever but we have a good amount of topics to cover, so hopefully that makes up for it. We talk about non-basketball related Marquette topics before we remember we are a basketball podcast and then jump into the latest news first. We discuss Khalif Young and LG Gill deciding not to don the blue and gold next season. We debate whether it's a big deal, does it matter, is it a sign of weakness, and why people seem so anxious about some mid-tier recruits. We then talk about everybody's least favorite topic: was Wally cut and why. Basically it boils down to Phil is cold hearted and Joe has some sympathy but basically we should all move on. Since we do have a scholarship open, its worth talking about what the team should do with it. Then we transition to some schedule news that's been coming out in dribs and drabs and what that means for the non-conference season. Lastly we spend time talking about "The Tournament" which is something that Marquette basketball alum led by Dan Fitzgerald are trying to qualify for so they can go win $2 million. The potential team looks pretty good with a lot of fan favorites signed up. Hopefully it'll show up on tv somewhere so we can spend time analyzing it to no end. Link to vote for MU in The Tournament: https://www.thetournament.com/teams/golden-eagles-alumni-marquette-alumni?type=fan&f=570594e91a926927767547 Download this episode (right click and save)
Saturday, May 07, 2016
I was fortunate to spend a few minutes yesterday with Jonathan Givony, the founder of DraftExpress to discuss Henry Ellenson and the 2016 NBA draft. Givony has been kind enough over the last four or five years to give his time to us as he has weighed in on MU draft hopefuls like Vander Blue, Jimmy Butler, Dominic James, Steve Novak and Wes Matthews.
Monday, April 04, 2016
We put a couple of weeks between us and the end of the Marquette season, and now we're ready to talk about it. Be prepared, this is a far ranging and deep conversation on all things Marquette basketball (not to mention an hour long). First welcome Markus Howard to the Marquette family! We start with a brief recap of the end of the season and what we took away from the season overall. We then spend some time commiserating over the lack of a post season and the impact on the future that might have. The much maligned schedule is discussed and how it ultimately impacted Marquette's season and post season opportunities. This conversation leads to a very deep dive into the possibility of a Big East expansion that surfaced over the last couple of weeks. After getting the general topics out of the way we got to the main focus right now: Henry Ellenson leaving (we assumed but since confirmed), what the team needs, and Markus Howard. We also spent a little time talking about the future and where the team goes next year. Overall, drawing one season to a close and getting everything tucked away in the podcast so we can settle in to the summer hibernation that is Marquette basketball. Download this episode (right click and save)
Written by Phil Bush at 12:16 PM
Thursday, March 31, 2016
JJJ Surges; Remembering Beating Nasty Big East Turned ACC Team; New Big East to New Heights Without Stars
Reflections on Marquette's past March battles with the former nasty Big East opponent still alive this year and the fact that the current Big East team representing one of the top three conferences - but a conference with no stars.
JuJuan Johnson was one of the biggest breakthroughs, surging to join Henry Ellenson and Luke Fischer among the top 30 Big East players in the Value Add rankings listed below.
Daniel Ochefu overcame injury to make Villanova the only team in the country with four top 100 players - and that quartet is in the Final Four. The Big East, Big 12 and ACC are the top three conferences based on www.kenpom.com, and are the only three with teams in the Final Four as well as the only three with a winning record in the NCAA tournament, so how can the other two conferences have 10 players rated higher in Value Add than any Big East player?
Yes, Syracuse roughed MU up in the last NCAA match-up, but that memory is eclipsed by DJO and Crowder hitting the consecutive three-pointers in Cleveland to send them home.
This year while the Big East had two stars is you go by likely NBA potential. But our own Henry Ellenson was too inconsistent as most freshman are to be a superstar this year (275th final ranking of 4000+ players).
Which begs the question, "What about Kris Dunn?"
Kris is my favorite non-Marquette player - a great kid when I interviewed him at the Big East tournament last year where he talked about his trust in God, and he will be a great NBA player. He was my preseason National Player of the Year, and I am thrilled the AP selected him as a 2nd Team All-American. However, he dropped to 74th in Value Add and I dropped him to 5th team All-American.
When you really crunch the numbers, Dunn just did not live up to his projected value for one reason - he couldn't stay on the court. Obviously missing some games with the flu is tough. But Dunn just couldn't resist reaching fouls that really hurt Providence by forcing him to sit.
The team barely survived Illinois, USC and Arizona despite Dunn missing more than 14 minutes a game due to foul trouble. He has at least four fouls and averaged missing 10 minutes in two losses to Seton Hall and Michigan State, and if he was on the court to keep them in those games and pull one out then Providence may have improved from an 8-seed and avoided UNC in the second round.
Once they played UNC, he was once again brilliant while on the court - 29 points in 26 minutes - but if Providence could have pulled ahead in the first half while Dunn was sitting on the bench with fouls they might have had a chance. So on the court, no one is better - but resisting those cheap fouls might have given the Big East an additional Sweet 16 team in what is nonetheless a great year.
|Season Rank||Player||Team||Class||Total Pts/Gm Value||NBA%|
|37||Bentil, Ben 0||Providence||2 So||7.69||80%|
|74||Dunn, Kris 3||Providence||3 Jr||6.78||94%|
|81||Smith-Rivera, D'Vauntes 4||Georgetown||4 Sr||6.71||17%|
|87||Rodriguez, Desi 20||Seton Hall||2 So||6.61|
|99||Arcidiacono, Ryan 15||Villanova||4 Sr||6.49||11%|
|102||Hart, Josh 3||Villanova||3 Jr||6.47||36%|
|110||Jenkins, Kris 2||Villanova||3 Jr||6.32|
|114||Whitehead, Isaiah 15||Seton Hall||2 So||6.26||32%|
|115||Bluiett, Trevon 5||Xavier||2 So||6.26||36%|
|171||Ochefu, Daniel 23||Villanova||4 Sr||5.72||20%|
|200||Groselle, Geoffrey 41||Creighton||4 Sr||5.54|
|225||Farr, James 2||Xavier||4 Sr||5.27|
|233||Jones, Roosevelt 21||Butler||4 Sr||5.21|
|265||Dunham, Kellen 24||Butler||4 Sr||4.98||25%|
|272||Carrington, Khadeen 0||Seton Hall||2 So||4.93|
|275||Ellenson, Henry 13||Marquette||1 Fr||4.91||91%|
|291||Delgado, Angel 31||Seton Hall||2 So||4.81||26%|
|296||Henry, Myke 4||DePaul||4 Sr||4.79|
|298||Martin, Kelan 30||Butler||2 So||4.78||16%|
|331||Davis, Myles 15||Xavier||3 Jr||4.59|
|360||Fischer, Luke 40||Marquette||3 Jr||4.45||35%|
|370||Chrabascz, Andrew 45||Butler||3 Jr||4.42|
|374||Macura, JP 55||Xavier||2 So||4.42|
|400||Peak, LJ 0||Georgetown||2 So||4.27||24%|
|430||Wideman, Tyler 4||Butler||2 So||4.17|
|468||Watson, Maurice 10||Creighton||3 Jr||3.96||16%|
|470||Huff, Cole 13||Creighton||3 Jr||3.95|
|515||Zierden, Isaiah 21||Creighton||3 Jr||3.82|
|523||Bridges, Mikal 25||Villanova||1 Fr||3.79||18%|
|524||Johnson, JaJuan 23||Marquette||3 Jr||3.79||21%|
Written by JohnPudner at 1:30 PM
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Butler and Xavier could have made it an incredible tournament for the Big East, but this is still a strong one for the conference. As I just posted on Breitbart, the Big East is one of only three conferences with a winning record even if Nova loses tonight. When you look at the disappointments of the first two tournaments of the new Big East, this may be the breakthrough year.
If we have a few upsets, there could even be a reunion of the old Big East in the Final Four with Nova, Notre Dame and Syracuse winning. Pomeroy gives Nova a slightly better than 50-50 chance, but only a 2% chance of all three of those winning.
Written by JohnPudner at 4:18 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2016
I was saddened to learn that Trey Schwab passed away today. He had been fighting for his life while waiting for another lung transplant, but had been in touch via social media with many of us over the years and last few months.
Written by muwarrior92 at 4:45 PM
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thank you to my Breitbart Sports Preseason Player of the Year, Kris Dunn for delivering for my bracket but most importantly for the Big East. With Seton Hall looking for oxygen in Denver, it looked like the conference might take a double hit before the team that Marquette swept rallied late for a huge win.
I know we are down about Marquette not still playing, but really the long-term success if more dependent on the Big East's performance this year. Here was my recap of the opening day and what credentials helped, or did not seem to help, teams get over the top. (see also "Kris Dunn Leads Breitbart Sports All-American Team")
Written by JohnPudner at 12:54 PM