When Marquette tips off in an hour (11 a.m. CT Saturday) at Pitt on ESPNU, the good news is that Marquette will have the only All-Big East player based on the teams I released yesterday on Breitbart Sports. Gardner continues to move up in the ratings, and is now the 70th best player in the Country and 10th best player in the Big East to claim the last "All-Conference" spot.
Now the bad news ... today is a big opportunity because ...
1. As you can see from the table below, while Gardner is the best player on the court today, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th best player on the court play for Pitt,
2. At the outset of this season, Value Add projected Pitt as the 14th best team in the country and today as one of four times MU would lose by double digits this year (Ohio State was cancelled, at Florida was a 49-82 loss and at Louisville is still to come.
3. Both of Marquette's road appearances this year have been disasters, with the Florida loss followed-up by a embarrassing loss at Green Bay. However, two neutral site appearances are looking good as Butler has moved up in the rankings since the last second shot to beat MU as USC is close to breakign the top 100.
4. I have been to two MU games at Pitt and they do the home court right. The students surround the players on the lower level, one year I was the only MU fan in the sold out building and the other they let about 15 MU fans sit in the rafters.
All that being said, this game could be a season-changer, so nothing to lose. However, staying within single digits woudl be an accomplishment.
|70||Davante Gardner||Marquette||6' 8"||Jr||6.48|
|77||Lamar Patterson||Pittsburgh||6' 5"||Jr||6.42|
|78||Tray Woodall||Pittsburgh||6' 0||Sr||6.41|
|85||Talib Zanna||Pittsburgh||6' 9"||Jr||6.33|
|231||Steven Adams||Pittsburgh||7' 0||Fr||4.51|
|279||J.J. Moore||Pittsburgh||6' 6"||Jr||4.13|
|529||James Robinson||Pittsburgh||6' 3"||Fr||2.87|
|590||Jamil Wilson||Marquette||6' 7"||Jr||2.64|
|609||Junior Cadougan||Marquette||6' 1"||Sr||2.59|
|642||Dante Taylor||Pittsburgh||6' 9"||Sr||2.48|
|925||Cameron Wright||Pittsburgh||6' 4"||So||1.78|
|1026||Juan Anderson||Marquette||6' 6"||So||1.56|
|1150||Vander Blue||Marquette||6' 4"||Jr||1.35|
|1151||Steve Taylor||Marquette||6' 7"||Fr||1.34|
|1245||Durand Johnson||Pittsburgh||6' 6"||Fr||1.18|
|1247||Chris Otule||Marquette||6' 11"||Sr||1.18|
|1340||Derrick Wilson||Marquette||6' 1"||So||1.04|
|1415||Trent Lockett||Marquette||6' 5"||Sr||0.95|
|1797||Jake Thomas||Marquette||6' 3"||Jr||0.57|
|1984||Todd Mayo||Marquette||6' 3"||So||0.41|