Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Well here we go gentleman....the Marquette Golden Eagles officially have 13 Big East games under their belt, and enter their final 5 game stretch with an 11-2 record after waking up in the second half last night and securing a pretty solid beat down of the classless Seton Hall Pirates of lovely New Jearsay (I want to personally thank Hazell for canning that 3 with 9 seconds to play making it a 12 pt loss versus a 15 pt loss). They now enter a very important 2 week period that will prove whether or not this team is as good as their #10 ranking. So let me just say that up to this point this team has exceeded everyone's expectations and obviously I am very pleased with how this team has performed thus far (in spite of that hiccup at South Florida). With the way that the schedule was set up, we knew that in order to put ourselves in a position to have a successful season we needed to really take care of business leading up to our 5 game gauntlet by winning all of our games at home (check) and at least going 0.500 on the road (4-2, check). So here we are at 11-2 with Georgetown, UConn, Pitt, Louisville, and Syracuse remaining on the horizon. With those games in mind, how does everyone see this set playing out? Also, realistically what would MU need to do over this final stretch to maintain what has been a successful season? It's a tough call, but I predict them coming away with 2 wins, and probably a ceiling of 3 considering how tough it is. Anything more than that would be completely unexpected in my opinion. The game Saturday looms to be large! That's an obvious statement, as they all are important games at this point, but with the way Georgetown has been playing the last 3-4 weeks, we should have a very good chance of winning that game even though it is on the road. If they can manage to pull that off, 2-3 wins is very doable considering they have 4 to play and 2 of which are at home. 2 wins puts us at 13-5 in conference, and likely a top 4 finish in the Big East which would secure a 2 game bye in the Big East tournament. 3 wins puts us at 14-4 (My Lord that would be sick!), guarantees AT LEAST a 4th place finish/2 game bye, and in my opinion guarantees at least a 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. I predict that when all is said and done, we finish with a 13-5 conference record (likely beating G'town and taking 1 of the 2 at home). Can't complain about that, although if we want to see this team make a deep run in the tourney I hope they would win an extra game or two which would likely give us a #3 seed or better and give us a slightly easier road through the tourney. Regardless of what happens, we need to enjoy the last couple of weeks with the 3 amigos for they will be sorely missed next year.