I don't know why, but I can't shake the feeling that Marquette is embarking upon a rough year compared to our previous performances. I know, I’m the negative guy around here along with Rubie, but I see some very concerning things. I think we’ll make the tournament, but I believe we’ll be a double digit seed and finish around 9-9 or 10-8 in the league. Here are my concerns
No frontcourt – we don’t even have bodies! O’Tule and Burke, that’s it. I would kill for Chris Grimm right now. O’Tule fouled out in 15 minutes versus CSU-Pueblo. What happens when both O’Tule and Burke have two fouls with 12 minutes left in the first half? Need I remind everyone that the Big East include Hasheem Thabeet and Luke Harangody, plus the 18 or so 6-9 wings from U of L. Yuck.
New coach – I love what Buzz has done on the recruiting trail, but he’s the most inexperienced coach in a league of legends. Pitino, Huggins, Calhoun, Boeheim. Christ, the second tier includes the likes of Dixon and Wright. By the way, DeCourcey was on 1250 yesterday morning. The d-bag Michigan guy, you know, the one with the “girlfriend” named Katie, asked DeCourcey if the Big 11 had the best collection of coaches in the nation. DeCourcey gave him the biggest bitch slap ever and said that the Big East coaches were better “because they actually get good players to play for them. The 15-25th best players in the Big East would be all conference players in the Big 11.” He didn’t even mention the national titles and Final Four appearances
Injury bug already – Fulce could help out, but he’s out until mid-December and Cubby is still hobbled, not a good start
Schedule – anyone else see the final 5 games? UConn, Pitt, UL, Georgetown and Syracuse? Ick! We better be in good shape by then
Lack of 3-point threat – Let’s face it, the Big 3 can’t shoot the trey, at all. Cubby can get hot and his shoulder really hampered him last year, but how do we get him on the court? Hayward can hit the three, but, as I’ve said, he’s very smart and selective with it – we can’t have him throwing up bombs or we have zero chance at offensive boards
I took a step in the right direction with being positive last year. Outside of a couple of meltdowns (home against DePaul and BET against Seton Hall), I kept the faith. I’m still keeping the faith, but really downgrading my expectations this year.