"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

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Road Warriors return home for Louisville

In the midst of one of the most remarkable stretches in Big East history, the Marquette Warriors (19-9, 10-6) aim to extend their recent hot-streak against the Louisville Cardinals on Al's Night at the Bradley Center. Winners in eight of their last nine outings, including the last three on the road in overtime, Marquette likely needs to win one of its remaining two home games to securely punch a ticket to the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Standing in the way tonight are the surging Louisville Cardinals (19-10, 10-6). Winners in four of their last five games, Pitino's Cards are battling to remain on the inside of the NCAA tournament bubble. Louisville's road win at UConn on Sunday proved that the Cardinals have turned the corner this season after baffling early season home losses to Western Carolina and Charlotte. In February the Cardinals topped UConn twice, won on the road at Syracuse and earned a tough overtime win over Notre Dame. A late-season push has become standard operating procedure for Pitino's teams at Louisville.

Coming down the stretch run of his college career Lazar Hayward is playing his best basketball of the season. Hayward turned in back-to-back 20 point outings in the wins over St. John's and Seton Hall, the first time he's accomplished that in more than a month. Senior Maurice Acker remains steady at the point, delivering 17 assists against just three turnovers in 112 combined minutes on the recent road trip. Still, Acker's shooting has suffered of late, he hit just 31% from the floor on the road trip but remained clutch in the waning moments of each game.

The Cardinals have topped Marquette seven of the last eight times. Let that sink in a bit. That sucks! This stretch includes getting shellacked 99-52 in 2005, losing 64-61 as Louisville scored the final 14 points of the game, and Jerry @#$%^& Smith! After a stretch that saw several classic games for the two programs, the matchup has now tilted squarely back to Louisville. However, in modern history (the series resumed in earnest in 1996) there have been several strong runs by each side so the overall matchup stands at 12-13. Let's even it up tonight. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 pm Marquette Standard Time on ESPNU.

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Hopefully after tonight Al will be dancing in Basketball Heaven......




Expect a white knuckler tonight in Milwaukee.

**co-authored by Tim and Rob.

9 comments:

John said...

We are 19-9. If we go to 19-10 tonight cursed be you Cracked Sidewalks!

Tim Blair said...

LOL

Edited and thanks

John said...

Seriously though, great stuff post after post Cracked Sidewalks. Us Marquette fans appreciate the site.

Tim Blair said...

Thanks for reading, John.

ICHeights said...

I think its funny you guys answer complements but not questions in your comments...

Rob Lowe said...

Was there a question you didn't get answered? Feel free to ask again.

Typically we respond most when someone points out an error in our articles.

And we delete stuff that annoys us wantonly.

ICHeights said...

Yea, I am very curious actually, I had asked a few days ago in reference to Jimmy Butler's two game winning shots, who had the most game winners in a season/career at MU?

Rob Lowe said...

Oh - we didn't answer that because nobody knows. I did a quick check of the game notes and the wiki, but couldn't find it. I'll pass it to a few other folks and see if they know.

Joseph said...

Please tell me that they aren't pulling out the powder blues for Al tonight.