For those of you who are not making the trip to beautiful South Bend, Indiana this afternoon.....any thoughts or predictions? I for one am quite optimistic about tonight's matchup between MU and ND. First of all, both teams are essentially the same as last year, and we took 2 out of 3 from them last year......including a narrow 3 point loss at Notre Dame . Second, ND is on quite a slide......losing 3 in a row (I believe) including the game against UConn on Saturday which snapped their 45 game home win streak. In my opinion, while we do not have the size (or weight) that Notre Dame has, we are much more athletic and better at defending than they are. Sloth with get his....he's a double double or 20 and 10 machine, so if our trio of guards can limit what Jackson and McAlarney do, MU will have a very good shot at getting the tough road W. And I think that they will! James and Jerel should lock those two down so provided Gody doesn't put up 35+, or one of the other tall whities doesn't have a huge game it's ours for the taking! 6-0 is a great start, but there are many skeptics because of the "soft" conference schedule thus far. I don't totally agree, but a victory tonight will definitely prove that we are worthy of the 10/11 national ranking. Go Marquette!
In other news, for those of you who missed Rosiak's blog, he indicated the rescheduling of a recruit visit from this past weekend to next weekend during the Georgetown game. Dashonte Riley of Michigan was originally a G'town committ but withdrew his verbal a couple of months back. This is interesting because I believe MU originally did not recruit him too hard.....maybe because they knew that they didn't stand a chance against the schools on his list. Anyways, after he withdrew his committment I pondered and hoped that Buzz would try a hail mary in attempt to get this guy. Well Buzz and I were on the same page. Word is he was supposed to visit during the Depaul game, but Buzz rescheduled to the following weekend versus G'town because he wanted to take the team to ND after the game on Saturday(also ironic considering he will be attending the game against the team of his original verbal). The espn recruiting service has Riley ranked as the 6th best center in the class of '09. Sounds like he is extremely athletic and a shot blocking machine! How perfect of a fit would this be? Not only would MU be increasing their size and depth in the 4/5 positions, they would be acquiring legitimate talent in that position. Combine that with the balanced class that is already coming in would be sick. So pretty much screw Jamil Wilson, I'll take Riley over him hands down! Keep your fingers crossed.......if this happens, MU likely has a top 5/3 nationally ranked class and would also possibly be Marquette's best ever.