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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Senior Day: Marquette hosts FGCU

On Tuesday night the Marquette Golden Eagles (21-7, 11-6 in the Big East) wrap up their home schedule when they host the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (10-20, 6-10 in the Atlantic Sun).

OK........look, this game will not come ready-made with adrenaline like last weekend's thrilla against the Hoyas. FGCU was a Blue & Gold Classic commit before that event circled the drain, so MU slotted the game into the last week of the season to jack up the ol' post-season resume. Some are asking 'what is the point of this game' -- here are some answers from the community at MUScoop.

Big deal, the point is that Tuesday is Senior Night for a group of players who have collectively worked their fannies off to represent Marquette exceptionally well on and off the court. So, if you live local get to the BC tonight to thank these four soon-to-be MU graduates:

Ousmane Barro
The lone four-year member of this year's senior class, Ousmane Barro is one of the most experienced players in school history. He has appeared in 120 career games, earning 61 starting assignments, and is currently ranked among the program's top all-time performers in blocks and field goal percentage. He has swatted 91 opposing shot attempts since his arrival in Milwaukee to rank 8th all-time and his 55.9 percent clip from the floor is currently second all-time.

Lawrence Blackledge
He has appeared in 40 career games, earning one starting assignment since arriving from the junior college ranks. He owns game averages of 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per outing and has connected on 53.6 percent of his shot opportunities. He is second on the team in 2007-08 in blocks.

Dan Fitzgerald

Forward Dan Fitzgerald will conclude his career at Marquette as one of the top long-distance shooters in program history. He is currently ranked seventh all-time in 3-point field goal percentage (40.8 percent) and owns 107 treys since transferring from Tulane. He has appeared in 88 career games with 17 starts and has knocked down numerous key baskets for the Golden Eagles during his tenure.

Tommy Brice
Tommy Brice has appeared in 21 career games for the Golden Eagles during the past three seasons. He owns a personal-best eight appearances in 2007-08 and netted his first career point with a free throw against Sacramento State on Dec. 15.

Gentlemen, thanks for your hard work and dedication to Marquette University. Enjoy YOUR DAY at the Bradley Center on Tuesday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm CST. The game will be broadcast by Time Warner cable.
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Anonymous said...

I really feel kind of sorry for Trend Blackledge. His time at MU has been wasted. I don't know who's to blame, but the Warriors should've made better use of his athleticism.

Anonymous said...

I like trend and think he is a ton of fun to watch.

Yes, you would think they could find some use for him.

Unfortunately, (and dont take this as a bash on senior day)I think he put himself at a disadvantage last year with the ineligability. I'm not sure that you get a free pass to the starting rotation with that. In ways, he should feel glad to be a part of the team.

I have no hard feelings toward him. Hopefully he gets his degree and has benefited from being a part of the program. He appears to have had a good attitude through some tough times.

Anonymous said...

Why no picture of Tommy Brice?

Anonymous said...

Why don't you ask Trend if he felt coming to MU was worth it? I wonder if a Marquette degree was worth it? Duh.

mikerudz said...

Pics from the game, taken courtside: