I figure it's gonna take 32 more games to win this thing. Every time we win........we peel a section!
Well, there really are only 18 games remaining in Big East conference play so 32 wins would be impossible.....even if there were 32 games.....it would be impossible. Anywho, this is my prediction on how the Big East season plays out for Marquette (without too much detail I hope).
Jan 1: Villanova - Win, It's at home and we match up well with them over all. Beat them handly on the road last year
Jan 4: Cincinnati - Win, Cincy is better than last year, but their bigs aren't that good. Kind of a 1 trick pony with Deonta Vaughn, so as long as he doesn't go for 40 we win.
Jan 7: at Rutgers - Win, Rutgers isn't good, and we owe them a little payback for the game 2 years ago.
Jan 10: West Virginia - Win, Bob Huggins' crew is very good so I'm leary...especially considering it will be the 4th game in 10 days and just coming back from the New Jersey roady. However, I give MU the edge due to the rowdy drunkeness that Saturday games bring to the BC. Thanks RC.
Jan 17: at Providence - WIN, I know......5-0 start seems unrealistic, but Providence is bad under the transitioning regime. They will have a week to recooperate after the WV game, so if they're coming off a win it just gives them added confidence......if they're coming off a loss, they should be pissed and prepped. I'm sticking with it. Win
Jan 24: Depaul: Win, It better be a win. Is Jerry still coaching that team? They're not very good. St. Louis is they're only decent win....if that's considered decent. They only scored 36 pts against Northwestern. 6-0?????
Jan 26: at Notre Damnit: Loss, Big Monday and only 1 day off after the Depaul game. Notre Dame is damn good this year. Yet, are they all that different from the team that we took 2 out of 3 from last year? Harangody will get his, but if we can catch McAlarney on a cold night we could walk out with a victory. After the 6-0/5-1 start, we're due.......Loss.
Jan 31: Georgetown: Win, They better beat their ass after blowing last year's game at home. I predict Dom carries us with one of his special performances (hopefully to make up for last year's debacle). Key is to get ahead on these guys early....like last year, but finish this game. They are very good (and just handled UConn at UConn), but they aren't as deep or as experienced as the past few years. Defend, Defend, Defend! Get everyone to Turners at sun-up and enjoy the reasonably priced cocktails. Get rowdy as I suspect the crowd will be needed that day.
Feb 3: At Depaul: Win, Our home away from home (although I've never actually gone to a game there). Again, they aren't great and hopefully our senior leadership won't lead to a let down.
Feb 6: At South Florida: Win, Do all of these victories seem unreasonable? Possibly the worst team in the Big East so again I hope we don't have a let-down. I don't see it.
Feb 10: at Villanova: Loss, I like the way we match up with them and we have had success against them, but I can't see us rattling off the amount of wins that I'm predicting here. Tough road game, but I think we lose a close one.
Feb 14: St Johns: Win, St Johns will likely finish in the bottom 4 of the league. Another Saturday at the BC will bring a nice double digit victory for the Golden Eagles.
Feb 17: Seton Hall: Win, I know that the last 2-3 weeks of the season are BRUTAL, but I must say that the first 6 weeks are really set in Marquette's favor. A short rest after the St Johs game, but no travel required and another bottom feeding BE team will give us a victory. How many wins will Indiana have at this point? I'll set the over under at 8.
Feb 21: at Georgetown: Loss, The last time we played there was quite unpleasant if I remember correctly. Not much to say here. Tough team and on the road usually doesn't add up well. Monroe will eat us alive! I foresee big time foul trouble for MU.
Feb 25: Connecticut: Loss, Possibly the worst matchup for our squad. UConn should dominate the glass and get plenty of 2nd chance points. The only hope we have is a performance like I just witnessed. Sometimes, Calhoun's ultra talented squads just don't show up. Let's hope for it, but I just don't see it happening.
Mar 1: Louisville: Loss, 2nd worst matchup after UConn and Pitino has had our number of late. They always seem to play well against us too. Similarly to UConn though, UL can have a streaky shooting night if they fall in love with the 3 and lost at home to Western Kentucky and vs. a decent Minnesota team. C-A-R-D-S, Cards, Cards. Oh how I'd love to beat slick Rick on the road.
Mar 4: at Pittsburgh: Loss, This is just BRUTAL! Going from DC, to Milwaukee (vs G'town), to Louisville, to Pittsburgh in 11 days and playing what looks to be 4 of the 5 best teams is ridiculous and unfortunate. Blair and Young are bad matchups for us in a tough Zoo-like environment. I predict turnovers and foul trouble. 4 losses in a row....EEK!
Mar 7: Syracuse: Win, Cuse has some good rebounders, but aside from Onuaku don't have a ton of size. They'll be happy to be back in Milwaukee after that hellish 11 days so I foresee some good ol home cookin' will lead to a victory. Can I just say that I hope they beat the piss out of Flynn and Devendorf!
So there it is. If my math serves me I've got MU going 12-6 in Big East play, however I'll put the official prediction at 11-5 due to random occurence, and I'll set the over/under at 10. Honestly, I don't think our schedule extremely brutal......or should I say it could be worse considering our home and homes are against Georgetown, Villanova, and Depaul. Yes, the last 5 games literally can't be any worse but we have to play them at some point. I look at it this way. If we can take care of business the first 6 weeks of the season and go 10-2 or 9-3, 1) we should go into the last few weeks with a ton of confidence, 2) we should be getting better with more practices......esp. our newcomers, so our depth should improve with time, and 3) injuries can occur with teams (hopefully not our own, although we've been punished pretty bad in the past so maybe we'll get lucky this year), so maybe we'll get lucky and play Pitt without Sam Young or something. That being said, a hot start combined with an upset over UConn, UofL, or Pitt at the end of the year would probably put us in the upper quarter of the conference. So like I said, I figure it's gonna take 12 wins to win this thing. Every time we win......we peel a section! Let the games begin!