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Monday, January 05, 2009

McNeal named player of the week, MU rises in rankings

Jerel McNeal's strong play continues turn heads. Today McNeal was named the BIG EAST player of the week for the second time this season. Last week, McNeal averaged 25 points, six assists and four boards per game as MU topped Villanova and Cincinnati.

Also, MU moved up in both polls this week landing at #18 in the AP poll and #15 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Marquette is one of nine BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 25 including the nation's new number one, Pittsburgh.

1 comment:

Championships Matter said...

The ranks are a nice "feel good," but look carefully. Nine of the Big East teams are in the Top 25 and we still have to play eight of them

Whether we stay in the Top 25 depends on how we play in the coming weeks and whether we can beat some pretty serious competition -- competition that almost without exception we have not seen yet in the teams we've played.

What really matters is, of course, championships. They come in March because of the hard work in December and January.

The Cincinnati win was impressive as was the Villanova win. Let's hope Buzz and the Guys can keep it up.