With the start of the regular season just a few weeks away, the Marquette Golden Eagles continue their preparation this weekend with two exhibitions. Tonight, MU welcomes fans to The Al McGuire Center for a night of Haunted Hoops. Doors open at 7pm, and MU will have special programs for kids under 14, including trick or treating at The Al.
After the game, fans should head over to the last great bar on campus -- Hegarty's. Hegarty's wins this title by default after the demise of famed establishments like the Avalanche Superbar, the original Murphy's, The Gym, The Ardmore and the less established but more notorious Greentree on State Street. I still long for those three-dollar-all-you-can-drink fiestas at Fat Pat's place, even if the beer was warmish Busch Light. The Greentree, a smash performance in a limited run.
Wow, I must be thirsty. Back to basketball.
After the evening of Haunted Hoops, TC's crew will board a plane later in the weekend and head to Manhattan, Kansas to play a closed scrimmage with the Kansas State University Wildcats on Sunday. Assuming Huggins proteges like Art Long, Dontonio Wingfield, and Donald Little will not be allowed into the building, this is a great idea. After a couple of weeks of practice, scrimmaging against another quality D-1 oppooent should help TC's bunch immensely. This was a very smart move by TC.
UPDATED MEDIA UPDATE
- * Marquette begins the 2006-2007 season ranked #17 nationally in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. Marquette is one of five BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 25. Pittsburgh and Georgetown are ranked in the top 10, while MU is slotted in ahead of UConn and Syracuse.
- * The Big East Basketball Report slots MU at #4 in their pre-season Big East rankings. Check out their blog here.
- * FoxSports ranks MU #13 in the nation and predicts a second place Big East finish. Here's Goodman's article.
- * Also, the Marquette Tribune's Steve Yanda penned a fine feature on Bill Cords. Read it here.
- * Finally, the Marquette Tribune has a new basketball blog. Click on this link to add it to your bookmarks or newsreaders.
- * Yahoo! Sports is a day late on the theme that Rosiak offered yesterday -- the 'what a difference a year makes' perspective. Or a day, I guess.
- * The New Haven Register previews the BIG EAST, calling MU "wild card among the top four teams" and that "Marquette will try to duplicate what Villanova accomplished last season, when the Wildcats earned a share of the Big East regular-season title. They did so with a four-guard offense."