Tag:Marquette Golden Eagles
Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 6:11 pm

Marquette learns how to hold a lead vs. Syracuse

Jae Crowder drives on Rick Jackson

Posted by Eric Angevine

Talk about a huge game for Marquette. Since becoming a member of the Big East, the Golden Eagles had never beat Syracuse. That changed today, with a 76-70 home victory in front of an ecstatic crowd at the Bradley Center. The Orange dropped their fourth game in a row.

The obvious difference in this game was rebounding. The 'Cuse starters combined to grab just 12 boards all game long, and the team as a whole had only four offensive rebounds over 40 minutes of play. Ouch.

6-foot-6 junior transfer Jae Crowder had 25 points for his best scoring performance since dropping 29 on West Virginia. He grabbed six defensive rebounds as well, doing his part to keep the Orange off the glass and jump-start the Marquette offense.

Marquette showing up big late in the season after a slow start is nothing new to fans of the program. Head coach Buzz Williams basically admits that his teaching style takes a while to catch on.

"We're slow in November and December because I'm not teaching them offense," he said in an interview at the beginning of the season. "By late January, we have rhythm and flow and they're not overthinking."

Right on cue.

The emerging flow was evident in the way the Golden Eagles dealt with the Syracuse zone. Using transition to score quickly and quickness to exploit gaps in the 2-3, Marquette's players were able to find enough room to shoot. Senior Jimmy Butler went 6 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 2 from deep to score 19, Darius Johnson-Odom had 17, and  Dwight Buycks put up a nice all-around line of 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the win.

Scoop Jardine had 13 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort, and much-ballyhooed freshman big Fab Melo continued to disappoint, scoring just 2 points to go with 2 rebounds. Another freshman, Baye Moussa Keita, continued to outplay Melo, garnering 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks before fouling out.

Both teams are now 5-4 in the Big East, and have a lot of ground to make up in order to join the upper echelon of the sprawling league.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:43 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 3:01 pm

Big Picture: Marquette 79-West Virginia 74

Posted by Eric Angevine

I wrote a piece about Marquette a couple of months ago, before I became a member of the Unblinking Eye, and there were several quotes from Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams that didn't make the final cut. One of those is very illuminating for what's going on right now:

"We start slow in November and December because I'm not teaching them offense," Buzz said. "By late January, we have a rhythm and flow and they're not overthinking."

That's what we're seeing right now. JuCo transfer Jae Crowder put up a monster line of 29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, which is by far the best performance he's put together in his first season in Milwaukee.

The glaring inconsistency for the Mountaineers is a surprising lack of assertiveness around the basket. John Flowers had zero points and two rebounds before fouling out, and West Virginia as a team only shot seven free throws.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2010 3:42 pm

Reggie Smith breaks up with Marquette

Posted by Eric Angevine

Ah, teenage romance. It's so intense, yet so short-lived.

In December of 2009, Reggie Smith was all "It clicked real fast," and "I was meant to be at Marquette ."

One year later, the Golden Eagles and Smith were still an item. As a freshman, he started five games at point, but the relationship obviously wasn't exclusive any more. Buzz Williams started casting wayward glances at Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue while Smith was out sick .

Now, Smith seems to be pushing his former paramour away to forestall worse pain down the road.

Smith failed to report back to MU on Christmas night, as was required for Golden Eagles players after a three-day holiday break, didn’t show up for a scheduled doctor’s appointment and then didn’t take part in the first of the two practices the team held on Sunday.

That led to a meeting between Smith, Smith’s stepfather and coach Buzz Williams.

“Reggie didn’t say anything; it was just his stepdad," said Williams. "The meeting was three minutes in duration, and the only thing that I knew was he wasn’t playing as much as he would want.”

-Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Call me callous, but neither party seems too broken up about it right now.

Where will Smith look next? He's from Illinois, and this is Demetri McCamey's last season in Champaign. That's a possibility. Then again, back before he slipped on Marquette's class ring, Reggie Smith was quite taken with the USC Song Girls basketball team. L.A. probably sounds pretty good to a guy who's digging out in Milwaukee right now. Wherever he goes, he should be available to play in the 2011 after sitting out just the fall semester, and that has to be an attractive option for several schools that lack a strong point presence right now.

Photo: AP
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