March 21, 2008 |
The last couple of years, Marquette might have lost a game like this. As the clock ticked down and their lead dwindled, the Golden Eagles might have fallen apart. "Guys would have stopped talking," guard Jerel McNeal said. "Guys would have started hanging their heads a little bit." But this is a team that learned from quick exits in the last two NCAA tournaments, a team that showed maturity by holding off Kentucky, 74-66, in a first-round South Regional game at the Honda Center on Thursday.
November 26, 2013 |
Creighton and Marquette, both ranked in the Associated Press men's top 25, are the headliners in the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament that begins Thursday at Cal State Fullerton. Creighton (4-0), ranked 20th, is led by All-American candidate Doug McDermott, a 6-foot-8 forward who is averaging 27.5 points per game and shooting 50% from three-point range. McDermott, whose father, Greg McDermott, is Creighton's coach, was second in the country in scoring last season with an average of 23.2 points per game.
December 30, 1997
Marquette squeaked into the No. 25 spot of the AP's college basketball poll this week, but Coach Mike Deane said Monday he isn't certain his team belongs there. "We aren't a great team or a spectacular team, but we played well to date," Deane said of his team, which has won its first eight games. "I don't think of us as a top-25 team, but the games we won we did so in pretty good fashion. We can beat any team on a given night."
April 10, 1993
In his April 2 column, Larry Stewart recalls one of the first NCAA tournament games that Billy Packer worked, the Kentucky-Marquette game in 1975. A few years previously, the same teams met in a regional game at Madison, Wis. Marquette won. Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp was interviewed after the game and the reporter commented, "Marquette did a good job in keeping the ball away from Dan Issel." Rupp responded: "Oh, our fellows did a good job in keeping the ball away from him, too."
April 9, 1989
Kevin O'Neill, who earned a reputation as one of the nation's top basketball recruiters during three years as an assistant at Arizona, was named coach at Marquette. O'Neill, 32, replaces Bob Dukiet, who was fired in March after three tumultuous seasons marked by player-coach conflicts and a 39-46 record, including Marquette's first consecutive losing seasons in 24 years.
April 11, 1989
Trivia Time: What do basketball coaches Scott Thompson of Rice, Ken Burmeister of Texas San Antonio, Ricky Byrdsong of Detroit and Kevin O'Neill of Marquette have in common? Trivia Answer: All four have been assistant coaches at Arizona within the past four years.