It's been slow around here and I'm tired of looking at the "Soul Glo" everytime i come back so I thought I would give a few updates on MU hoops in hopes on relighting our fire.
1. According to the USC scout board, USC and MU are planning on having a home and home series beginning next season ('10-'11), with the first game being played in LA next year. With Kevin O'neill taken over the helm in southern Cal, it only makes sense that he takes an opportunity to play a quality school in the non-conference portion of the schedule due to his relatinship with that school. I like it. It's not very often that we get to play a Pac10 school (screw you Lopez twins), and the fact that we get to play them in consecutive seasons and likely strengthen a typically weak non-conferene schedule makes this a great deal in my opinion.
2. While reading Todd Rosiak's QandA from today, I couldn't help but be a bit surprised at his response to one of the questions. One of the questions discussed (surprise surprise) was the transfer of Maymon and whether or not Buzz was to blame for the situation or made any promises to Jeronne that weren't kept. Here's Rosiak's response:
"I specifically asked Williams when Maymon left if he'd ever promised the kid or his father anything with regard to playing time, and he said he didn't. There is always enough blame to be spread around, but in this case I can't see what Williams could have done differently to appease Maymon's father short of playing him 30 minutes a game at the 2 or 3. And he just wasn't good enough or that type of player to warrant that. Water under the bridge, and MU gets a redo on the scholarship. Move on, and land someone better. "
Being that TR is quite a reliable source for insider information, I find it interesting, although not surprising, that he admits that it truly was the demands of Tim in this case. I'm not surprised with this as much as the "not good enough" and "LAND SOMEONE BETTER" comments. It seems as if TR holds some emotional stock with this and is a little bitter about it. It's understandable Todd.
3. Marquette at UConn this Saturday - so what does everyone think here? We haven't fared well against the bigger and more athletic teams this season (see Florida St, NC State, West Virginia, Syracuse), which is understandable, but considering we have held our own against all of these teams (aside from Cuse), can we finally steal one on the road in Stoors? It's going to be a tall task of course. However, if we can continue to stroke the 3 at a good clip and rebound well in spite of being out manned, we should have a shot. Further, a Providence team that we recently destroyed just beat the Huskies, so that bodes well right......although that could make for a very pissed off Stanley Robinson......I smell 17 dunks from him. If we are serious about making the NCAA, this would go a long way in reaching that goal.
4. In recruiting news, while we don't have any further committments at this point, we are fastly approaching the spring signing period and there are actually a large number of talented players that are yet to be committed. After doing some research, it appears that Buzz is continuing to hit the recruiting trail hard mid-Big East season which has put MU on the radar for a number of solid prospects. Kudos to that! While we all want that big man savior to join the program, I don't know if Buzz is concentrating 100% of his time on that. While he is putting some effort into recruiting some post players, it appears that overall he is still trying to simply get the best/most athletic guys he can, so he is continuing to go hard after "wing" players. It should be interesting to see what pans out considering DJO didn't sign until May, and it appears as if DJO could be the team's best player already next season. I'm confident we will like what transpires and I will continue to update the QB as news breaks.