"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 01, 2005

Turnaround Tommy's Troops Prepare for MU

Tom Penders' re-entry into Texas basketball has been an unmitigated success. This article by the Associated Press lays out just how impressive Penders' quick turnaround at Houston has been: the Cougars have already won more games this season than they did in the last two seasons combined, and are within reach of the program's first NCAA bid in 13 years. The Cougars are now 18-10 overall, and 8-5 in C-USA. Penders himself seems re-engergized, and if he can keep the local talent at home, this could be the start of something big in H-Town.

But hey - - that can all wait until after tomorrow night's tilt with MU in the Bradley Center. MU is coming off a loss to the UC Bearcats, and in need of a win at home to re-establish momentum after the Diener injury. Marquette, which played a gritty second half against the Bearcats, could benefit from the extra few days of practice to prepare for the UH game. Penders' Cougars have won six of their last seven games - - a tough matchup for Marquette.

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