"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

Friday, December 19, 2008

MU returns to Cupcake City

It's a Marshmallow World in Milwaukee today and Marquette (8-2) hosts another resident of Cupcake City, the Western Carolina Catamounts. Despite the heavy snow, tipoff remains scheduled for 7:30pm tonight at the Bradley Center.

After falling to Tennessee in a high-profile out-of-conference matchup and with a road game at NC State early next week, WCU has the makings of a classic trap game for Marquette. WCU (5-3) has played a difficult schedule in the early going this season, getting rolled at UConn but topping a series of respectable programs like Kent State, Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois.

6'8" junior Jake Robinson paces WCU at 15 points and 5 boards per outing. Robinson is a gunner, leading the high-scoring Catamounts in three-pointers made and attempted while hitting nearly 38% from deep. 6'6" guard Brandon Giles chips in 14 points and 3 boards, while 6'4" guard Harouna Mutombo delivers 12 points and five boards. WCU is coached by Larry Hunter, one of the winningest active coaches in the country, who will go for win number 549 tonight.

Here's Rosiak's blog preview
Here's the Scout.com preview
Official MU game notes

(BTW, the Phil Spector Christmas Album remains one of the best)

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