"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

Saturday, February 03, 2007

MU beats the Friars as #3 is Retired

We'll never know if Marquette would have beaten Providence last month if Jerel McNeal had played in that game. This Saturday, with McNeal healthy, Marquette never trailed the Friars and posted a 69-62 victory. This was Marquette's 20th victory of the season, the quickest MU has ever reached a score of victories.

McNeal poured in 18 on 8-13 shooting and collected 12 rebounds for his double-double. James was a non-factor in this game, shooting a cold 2-11 for 6 points. While Wes Matthews was not stellar from the floor, going 1-6, he drew 5 fouls and went 10-10 at the charity stripe and with that performance, is only a handful behind James in FT attempts this year. Over the last 4 games, Wes has been MU's FT shooting machine making 38-of-41.

The Marquette bench was superb today, led by Dan Fitzgerald who sank a Moneylike 4-6 from behind the arc. Fitz, Cube, Burke and Lott combined for 61 minutes and collected 22 points and 12 rebounds, which you gotta figure are close to a season high for bench production.

Of course, the main attraction for the sold-out Bradley Center crowd was Dwyane Wade, as Marquette retired his #3 Jersey at half time. After a 3 minute highlight video, Wade's jersey was revealed. Marquette has changed the "retirement" banner from a blue/gold rather boring piece of felt to 9 gorgeous full color banners with action photos of each retiree. A very large upgrade.

You can see pictures of the banners and other game photos on my thread at MUScoop.com.

Box Score

GoMarquette.com Recap Game Notes

I took video during the Wade half-time ceremony. I apologize for the poor video quality, as without a tripod, holding steady for 15 minutes is murder.

The first video is the video montage of Wade's highlights at Marquette and Miami. The second is the half-time speech from Wade and Crean.

Here's part two. UPDATE: YouTube is being difficult tonight. If the video doesn't play, check back later.


Anonymous said...

OMG that highlight video of DWade is amazing.........what a player

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting that! I watched it on TV so I didn't get to see the whole thing, and I'm so glad I have now!


Anonymous said...

Good win. Good day. Good ceremony with Wade. Even better that he dropped 32 pts. at the Bradley Center. Now to top my great sports weekend all I need is a Bears win!!

Anonymous said...

Phenomenal ceremony -- What a class act. My roommates and I were holding up the WADE-O-METER that is visible on the day that Dwyane scored his 1,000 point. What memories......