Is it just me, or does the game feel extra big when UConn comes to town? In this case, it actually is big considering MU can control their own destiny (as far as Big East regular season championship goes) by beating UConn, Louisville, Pitt, and Syracuse in succession. As unlikely as that scenario is, I think that we have a great shot at starting a run by first winning tonight. I can't really explain why I think that we will win considering how much of a nightmare matchup it is, but I feel like playing at the BC with a raucous crowd and Dicky V calling the nationally televised game gives MU a BIG home court advantage tonight. I think that there are 3 keys to the game: 1. Fast start - we need to hit some shots early and keep the crowd amped. If Thabeet blocks a number of shots early I fear that our guards will think twice about attacking and thus take us out of our game. 2. We need to attack their bigs! While we don't have a Dejuan Blair that can post up Thabeet, we need to follow Blair's blueprint and attack Thabeet and Adrien. If we can get a couple of fouls on them early and get them on the bench, we will have a great shot at winning the game. 3. Turnover margin - We have been protecting the ball well of late. We need to continue this trend, and at the same time force UConn into turning the ball over. Winning the turnover battle (like football) will also increase our likelihood of victory.
Prediction - Marquette 71 UConn, 67. Jerel again leads the way with 23, 7 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.
This of course would lead to a HUGE game between conference leaders Marquette and Louisville.....and some of us will be there! I think it's safe to say that I'm jacked for the game tonight.