Monday, November 30, 2009


Because we're not supposed to criticize college basketball players -- since they're young and not getting paid and are representing my alma mater, and all -- I have instead decided to say this about Maurice Acker and David Cubillan. It's the same thing your buddy might tell you if he's trying to set you up with a big girl:

Mo Acker and David Cubillan are very nice people. In fact, after the night they collectively had yesterday (53 minutes, 4 points, 0-6 on threes, 3 assists, 2 rebounds -- COMBINED), I think it's safe to say they're two of the nicest people who have ever played at Marquette. Sure, we got spoiled with four years of Dom James, but, still, you'd think that two very, very nice young men could muster a handful of points and assists in a game. Instead, they were invisible. And nice. Very, very, maddeningly nice.


Deedub said...

Tough to do when Lazar is tossing the ball up ever time he touches it.

Charlie Weis' said...

I didn't see the game, but Jimmy legs missing 7 straight throws...1-8 in the second half...that's a game killer

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

i agree with deedub...zar pressed a little too much especially in the second half ended up shooting 8-21 and 1 of 5 from 3.

regarding the two nice boys you are writing about...we don't have any other choice so we might as well embrace them. sure it would be nice if we had Junior out there but we don't so let it go. besides they were pretty good in the previous 2 games to help us get to the championship game.

Xavier: 16 points on 5-8 shooting, 2-4 from 3, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, 6 turnovers

Michigan: 11 points on 4-8 shooting, 3-6 from 3 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block from Mo, and 0 turnovers

Going into the game it was a gravy game as we had all ready exceeded expectations for the tourney with 2 nice wins against Michigan and Xavier. And yeah it sucks we blew a 17 pt lead but the same frustration we caused FSU in the first half was our issue in the second half. Fatigue and a lack of a depth on the bench, which lead to sloppy play and missed shots/free throws, caused us to lose the game by 1 pt. So overall I'm incredibly happy with our performances year-to-date as we are 6-1 with wins over Xavier and Michigan, 4 blow-outs of cupcakes and a 1 pt. loss to Florida State.

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I think we are all missing the big point here. Did you see Mbao on the floor? How good was he? Being tall and jumping up and down. What a great game for him.

In all seriousness though, I can't wait to see what he can do.

How about DJO? He's just like having one of the three amigos on the court in so many ways. Buycks is quite the player too. I really like so many things about this team.

Rubie Q said...

You're right, SBTG (and, by the by, isn't it about time for you to change your screen name?): against Xavier and Michigan, they weren't very, very nice. They were just nice.

I'll paraphrase Ueck in Major League II: 11 points, 2 rebounds, and six assists in 60 minutes? I think I'll wet my pants.

Deedub said...

Listen, did they suck? they sure did. What are the other choices?

All would be for naught if Jimmy Butler had made any of his damn free throws.

This is the last season of any Crean left overs and if DJO & Buycks is what Buzz brings in, the future looks really good.

Plus it was the 4th game in 6 days. Whoever thought it was a good a idea to schedule a game two days before you play 3 games in 4
days wasn't too smart.

EMoney said...

Let me first say the I am happy about the 6-1 start.

In spite of this unexpected and impressive run to the championship gaming, I am unsure about this team's future success for the rest of the season. Last night might be a preview of what we might see throughout the Big East slate. That being, 7 guys working their asses off because they're completely outmanned only to fall short because they run out of gas in the 2nd half. Now I understand that Florida St. is unusually big and athletic on their front line, but how can we expect Lazar and Jimmy to defend and try to outrebound guys that are 3-7 inches taller than them on the defensive end....and then try and shoot over them/crash the offensive boards on the offensive end night in and night out during the Big East slate? We had that game well in control last night, but expelled so much energy getting there with our short bench that we couldn't even finish 30 minutes of basketball no less a full 40 minutes. Jimmy's ft shooting performance pretty much summed it up for everyone.

Our hands are kind of tied considering our lack of big men and Otule's injury, but the likes of Fulce, Maymon, and EWill are going to seriously need to step up to the challenge if we want to continue to win games. Butler and Hayward just can't shoulder the load for 35 min's every night and expect to have their legs at the end of games.

Rubie Q said...

I know there aren't any other choices -- especially if Buycks continues with his Jerel-as-a-freshman turnover routine. I wasn't proposing an alternative; I'm just lamenting, because it's the one thing that I'm good at.

And, re: the fourth game in six days thing. I agree 1000% -- scheduling that South Dakota game before a three-day tournament was lunacy.

Master Reid said...

Speaking of Major League 2, did I ever give your DVD back?

It was obvious that the bigger guards that were on Mo and Cubillan were really an issue. Like the announcers said, even with 4 guards in the game FSU was still the taller team. There were also a couple of just dumb turnovers that irked me as well. Most notably the one near the end where Mo turned it over trying to run out with the rebound, rather than securing it first. It's been a while since the PG spot was a problem for us, and I don't think I like it.

I wonder how much, if any, Maymon getting clocked on the head at the end of the first half affected his minutes in the second. But I agree with E, we have to work on developing our depth during our December cupcake games or we're going to wish we had come Big East season.

Rubie Q said...

Nope, you've still got my copy of MLII. In response, I'm going to steal something that you love. Perhaps your recliner.

EMoney said...

Reid - We HAVE to develop the younger guys over the next 4 weeks! I understood last year's situation....our starting 5 had to play, and with them (and only them)we had a good shot at making a run in Big East play and the tourney in March. This year is a completely different situation. I would say our ceiling this year would be to make the tourney and win a game or two in the first weekend considering the circumstances. To sum it up, we are not a legit NCAA contender. That being said, I would rather sacrifice blowing these non-conference cupcakes away for allowing the likes of JMay, EWill, and Mbao to get more playing time and getting the feel of D1 competition. Even against the likes of NC St. and UW.....I don't see why we can't plug in EWill with Lazar and Jimmy out there to "babysit". The fact is we need to establish more depth. In doing that, the young guys will also gain that much more experience going into next season. This won't happen if Buzz won't let these guys play more during the nonconference portion of our schedule.

Also, who else is thoroughly impressed with DJO? And in spite of Buycks lesser performance last nigght, I'll say him as well. Vander may not have an immediate starting gig next year afterall.

Master Reid said...

Dude, I was agreeing with you on the youngsters. But you don't really think they'll be getting any run versus NC State or Bucky do you? UWM, North Florida, Presbyterian, Depaul, these are the kind of teams that you want to get your bench some run against.

Re: Buycks and DJO, what can we say but Damn! Like we said the other day, it's rare that teams can find 1 JUCO to be a major contributor, let alone 2 (3 including Butler). Both these guys have looked like they belong here from the jump. They didn't look shook by the big stage this weekend, and put up some rather nice performances. Listening to Fran Fraschilla gush over DJO was something that brought a smile to my face. For reference sake, here's some of our other recent JUCO transfers:

-Marcus Jackson
-Jamil Lott
-Mike Knisella

I'm sure I'm forgetting some, it's pretty easy to do. You can throw Joe Fulce in that mix too if you want. But none of those are the type of guys that you would be drawing up plays for in the last 11 seconds of a game. DJO got the ball in that scenario in just his 7th game of D1 basketball. That's gotta say something.

EMoney said...

Reid, I know you were agreeing with me....just emphasizing. So chill Beavis!

Didn't Caron Butler go to JuCo b4 UConn? Not that that has any relevance to us, just curious how many legit good players were juco transfers.

Master Reid said...

Oh, I just thought that since it happens so rarely that you and I agree on something that you might've missed it.

As for Caron, I believe he went to prep school at Maine Central, and then went to UCONN.

EMoney said...

And to answer your question, I do not really think that the bench will get any run against NC St. or UW. I however think that they should get a little pt. Let EWill go play against Tim Jarmusz for 5 minutes.....what's really going to happen?

EMoney said...

You wanna know what would happen? I'll tell you what would happen. EWill would probably end up swattin' one of Jarmuszsz'szs shots 10 rows deep (ala K-Mart vs. Wardle) where the ball would end up spilling Andy North's fresca all over his red sweater. But it's ok 'cuz it's a clear soda. That's right...soda...the no.1 selling beverage at the Stalin I mean Kohl Center.

FPMKE said...

Re: DVD's... Rubie, do you still have my copy of Beerfest?

Rubie Q said...

Oh, Christ, yes. I've had that thing for well over two years, I think.

Devil's Threesome said...

I agree with E on all points. We need to get the younger guys some more run. I'm also concerned that we'll see a replay of the FSU games throughout Big East play. Great teams can play multiple speeds. We are obviously not a great team, nor do I expect us to be a great team, but we'll have to run teams out of the gym to have a puncher's chance to win. That's scary with our limited depth and youth. Regardless, it will be fun and we'll give plenty of teams fits. I'll say it again, if we go 9-9, I'll be ecstatic with the season.