"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Monday, February 06, 2006

According to RU board, Rutgers' JR Inman out 4-6 weeks

Life in the BEAST is a bitch. All Marquette fans have been told how tough all their road games would be, and one that has loomed large on the schedule is the upcoming game at the Rutgers' rowdy bandbox of an arena, the RAC, which has been an extremely tough place to play for the rest of the BIG EAST.

Unfortunately for Rutgers, Marquette chances for success in Jersey probably improved substantially with the loss of solid freshman, JR Inman. It is being reported on the Rutgers Rivals board that Inman cracked his fibula recently and will be out 4-6 weeks with that injury. Although there has been no newspaper confirmation to this point of this injury, rumors are rampant that this is an accurate rumor and that Inman has been walking around in a cast.

Obviously, the biggest challenge for Marquette will be stopping Rutgers' superb scorer, Quincy Douby. However, not having the 6-9 Inman, the Scarlet Knights' third leading scorer and second leading rebounder who might have attempted to guard Steve Novak, will certainly hurt. It should also help Marquette that they have a full week to prepare for Douby and Co. with no games in the interim, while Rutgers must focus on winning at Notre Dame on Wednesday before they can think about Marquette.

The Rutgers game could be a critical one to Marquette's NCAA hopes, as a win would put MU at 7 conference wins and would probably take away some of the pressure of feeling like they absolutely must win both the Georgetown and Pitt home games later in the week.

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