"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 08, 2005

Onward and Thanks

As you can tell, this blog was rendered speechless by MU's abysmal performance on Senior Day this past weekend. The St. Louis Billikens delivered a knockout blow to MU's NCAA tournament chances with a dominating second half, outscoring the Warriors 27-11 to close the game. The loss leaves MU with a 19-10 regular season record, which considering the injuries and illness this team endured, could have been worse. However, losing the home finale along with a chance to secure that reassuring 20th win of the season hurts.

Or maybe not.

MU has a shot at both redemption and a 20-win season on Wednesday when they take on the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU has beaten MU three times in a row, and without Diener, MU's guards could be overmatched against the Frogs' talented backcourt of Shropshire and Santee. The winner of this game earns the right to face Louisville in the second round.

Regardless, here's a belated THANK YOU to MU's outgoing seniors, Travis Diener, Todd Townsend and Marcus Jackson. Guys -- its been a terrific ride. Thanks for the effort, the victories, and for the first-class way in which you represent Marquette University. Here's hoping you have a few more weeks of collegiate basketball left to play.

Thank you, gentlemen.

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