After 1,467 self-reported secondary violations in the Big Ten from 2006-2011, critics were quick to jump on Marquette having a rare one. Buying a piece of merchandise and giving a ride to a recruit is certainly a clear violation in the almost 500-page and growing NCAA rule book. It is a shame that Scott Monarch is no longer an assistant coach at Marquette due to reportedly being untruthful over what would otherwise be one of thousands of secondary violations.
We certainly do not want to kick Coach Monarch while he is down, but assistant coaches move on frequently and his departure is eclipsed by the reports that one of Marquette's four top 500 players - Todd Mayo - is now back in class. Based on http://www.valueaddbasketball.com/ Todd Mayo is MUs 4th best player and Marquette is the 25th best team in the land, while without him MU would drop to the 41st best team and a bubble team. Here is how Marquette's top 3 players and 25th best Value Add stacks up against the non-conference foes.
|Date||Opponent / Event||Rnk||Rank, Player, Height||2nd Best||3rd Best|
|10/12/2012||Marquette Madness||25||158 Gardner 6-8||317 J. Wilson 6-7||327 Blue 6-4|
|11/9/2012||vs. Ohio State (Carrier Cl, Charleston SC)||9||8 Craft 6-2||12 Thomas 6-7||219 Smith 6-4|
|11/11/2012||vs. Colgate TV||318||2321 McMullen 6-6||2383 Roh 6-4||2688 Moore 6-5|
|11/13/2012||vs. Southeastern Louisiana||250||760 Johnson 6-6||1665 Populist 5-10||1688 Petovcic 6-8|
|11/19/2012||EA SPORTS Maui Invitational||Rnk||Best Value Add||2nd Best||3rd Best|
|vs. vs. Butler TV||85||209 Clarke 6-0||373 Smith 6-11||464 Marshall 6-6|
|11/20/2012||EA SPORTS 2nd Round||Rnk||Best Value Add||2nd Best||3rd Best|
|vs. North Carolina-2nd round? TV||31||176 McAdoo 6-9||206 Bullock 6-7||223 Hairston 6-6|
|vs. Mississippi St.-2nd round?||135||506 Steele 6-3||748 Sword 6-3||819 Ware 6-8|
|11/21/2012||EA Sports 3rd Round (unless Chaminade)||Rnk||Best Value Add||2nd Best||3rd Best|
|vs. Illinois-Final Round?||107||586 Paul 6-4||596 Abrams 6-1||598 Shaw 6-6|
|vs. Texas-Final Round?||10||34 McClellan 6-4||98 Holmes 6-7||156 Kabongo 6-1|
|vs. Southern Cal-Final Round?||74||226 Terrell 6-3||465 Jones 5-7||525 Dedmon 525|
|Final Non-Conference||Rnk||Best Value Add||2nd Best||3rd Best|
|11/26/2012||vs. MD Baltimore Co.||320||2125 Basalyga 6-9||2223 Getz 6-0||2289 Lane 5-11|
|11/29/2012||at Florida (SEC/BE Challenge) TV||15||29 Boynton 6-2||96 Young 6-9||277 Murphy 6-10|
|12/8/2012||vs. Wisconsin TV||23||90 Gasser 6-3||128 Berggren 6-10||162 Evans 6-6|
|12/15/2012||vs. Savannah State||150||622 Louis 6-7||839 Rudolph 5-11||874 Smith 6-8|
|12/19/2012||at Green Bay||113||174 Brown 7-1||232 Cerroni 6-2||340 Sykes 5-10|
|12/22/2012||vs. LSU||77||155 Hickey 5-10||503 O'Bryant 6-9||532 Carmouche 6-2|
|12/29/2012||vs. North Carolina Central||218||896 Chapman 6-1||947 Willis 6-6||1584 Ingram 6-3|
If opponents' RPIs play out like their preseason Value Adds, Marquette could face 3 non-conference top 25 RPI teams and 4 in the top 50. As you can see, Ohio State has two of the top 12 players in the country while Colgate does not have any of the top 2300 players in the country.
|RPI Top 25||3||2||2|
|Not Top 200||4||4||6|
The 6th top 100 opponent could be LSU, which stunned then No. 8 Marquette last year but did not appear to be a Top 100 team until Memphis graduate Charles Carmouche signed to play this year with LSU. It looks like Mayo's return means Marquette will be ready for an improved non-conference schedule.