Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rosiak on Snaer and one MUTV Guy's Perpsective:

Let's be honest, he'd be a wonderful get and as Rosaiak says:

"Snaer was in the gym early and spent his time working on his catch-and-shoot and free-throw shooting. I'm not breaking any ground in saying this, but Snaer sppears to be every bit the deadeye perimeter shooter he's been billed as being. He possesses picture-perfect form, has nice lift and a feathery follow-through and touch."

Who could honestly say we wouldn't want the kind of contribution that he would bring.

The point I'd like to make is that Buzz is bringing in more than one top flight recruit. The potential to get Jamil Wilson is good, but the potential to miss him and still get the kind of recruit that Snaer represents is better. Hopefully, Buzz's ability to recruit beyond just one top target will result in deeper classes and not just one spectacular class followed by two or three mediocre classes.

To be honest, a recruit of Snaer's potential could be program changer. Hopefully we put the best face forward and Buzz lands a huge get. If we miss Snaer, this kind of recruiting means that he second best option is still a great get.

Jonathan Ficke
MUTV Assistant Sports Director
MUTV Sports Blog Editor-in-Chief

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Locker Room With the Golf Team (Part 2)

Mike Van Sickle and Dustin Schwab show the guys a trick or two with the sand wedge.

The Locker Room With the Golf Team (Part 1)

Defending Big East Champs from the MU Golf team spend some time on our Wednesday night show, The Locker Room

McNeal gets national attention

Recently Fran Fraschilla of ranked the best defensive players in all of college basketball on his insider blog. With individual defensive performances like his last second steal that led to a game winning layup against South Florida during his sophomore season, there's no surprise to Marquette fans that Jerel McNeal is on that list. In the blog Fraschilla wrote, "he's got the competitiveness, strength and athletic ability to guard four positions on the court and is the Golden Eagles' most important player." I think it's fair to say that after watching Jerel guard the opposition's best player game in and game out, he's the heart and soul of this team. But don't take my word for it, take a look at his numbers. Among BIG EAST players he ranks in the top 15 in scoring (14.9ppg), assists (3.54apg) and steals (2nd best with 2.17spg). When you look at just Marquette, he is the only player on the team to average double digit points as well as at least 3 assists (3.5) and rebounds (4.9) per game.

It's interesting to see who else Fraschilla put on his list. Other BIG EAST players include Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien from UCONN and Jonny Flynn from Syracuse. Wisconsin Badgers Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft are also listed, but as honorable mention.

So when Marquette needs somebody to step up and hang 28 points on Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Tournament, or when Marquette goes to Pittsburgh and has to face Sam Young, I'm sure that Buzz Williams will look towards Jerel McNeal to guide the Golden Eagles to victory.

Ritchie Donnelly
MUTV Sports Director

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pictures From the Set: September 24

Note the first piece of Big East hardware brought home by an MU team. Great work winning the conference last year.

MU Golfers Mike Van Sickle and Dustin Schwab are joined by hosts Brad Galli, Mike O'Sullivan, and Michael Wottreng on the set of the Locker Room.

The Locker Room Team (L to R): Adam Sharrett, Mike O'Sullivan, Michael Wottreng, Dustin Schwab, Luke LeNoble, Mike Van Sickle, Brad Galli and Ritchie Donnelly

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MU Sports Weekend Recap: September 20

Ritchie Donnelly and Kari Kaelin recap the weekend's Marquette Athletic results on our Monday evening show, SportsTime.

"The Locker Room" - Live on Ch. 99 Wed @ 8:30 P.M.

Looking for the inside scoop on all Marquette sports teams?
Searching for VIDEO interviews with your favorite Golden Eagle stars?
Well, look no further than MUTV's "The Locker Room," which airs live every Wednesday at 8:30 P.M. CT on Channel 99.
Tonight, tune in to see Preseason All-American golfer Mike Van Sickle tee off with the guys on topics stretching from sand shots to what shoes he wears.

Live, tonight only on MUTV 99.

Brad Galli
MUTV Assistant Sports Director

Jay Bilas: "Big East toughest" conference

The talking heads from Bristol are starting to chime in about this year's upcoming men's basketball season. Jay Bilas, writing in his ESPN Insider blog ranked the Big East as the nation's best conference from top to bottom saying: "UConn, Louisville, Pitt, Notre Dame, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, Syracuse and West Virginia likely will be NCAA tournament teams. Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Providence could be near the line at the end."

He's saying that there will "likely" be nine teams from the Big East in the Big Dance. In addition there could be three more on the bubble come March. It's great to hear that the Big East is going to be the best conference in the country, but it just reminds us that from the beginning of conference play to the end of the season, every single game is going to be a battle.

It's a good thing that we have veteran leadership that has been through tough Big East schedules before; we've got another tough one this season.

Jonathan Ficke
MUTV Assistant Sports Director

Our Friends at the Tribune on Men's Soccer:

Late foul costs MU against St. John's

Men's soccer spoils return of Scott Miller
By Nick Bullock

The old adage goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Well, the Marquette men's soccer team wasn't exactly broken, but with a 1-1-2 record going in to Friday's match against Syracuse, it wasn't exactly running like a well-oiled machine either.

"We didn't play well on Friday," coach Louis Bennett said. "It was a game that we let slip away."

As was Saturday's match against St. John's that ended in a 1-0 Marquette loss in overtime.

Bennett said that before the weekend came he knew that it was time for a little change of scenery. The problem was that his team was lacking in depth as a result of a few key injuries.

Much had been made of senior midfielder Dan Addis' season-ending injury, but the knee injury that kept sophomore defender Scott Miller out of action for the first four matches of the season had just as dire of consequences.

"I don't want to blame injuries or anything, but we haven't had a full squad to pick from until today," Bennett said.

With the addition of Miller, Bennett was able to get more creative against the powerhouse that is St. John's. He opened with five defenders &mdadsh; Miller, juniors Tim Jallow and Billy Von Rueden, and freshmen Paul Monsen and Michael Alfano — looking to neutralize the St. John's attack.

Suffice it to say the strategy would have worked if not for an untimely foul that allowed St. John's the winning penalty kick.

But despite the loss Bennett insists he is happy with what he saw out of his team on Sunday, especially Miller.

"Calmness, leadership, great in the air, good with his feet," Bennett said when asked what Miller brings to the team. "I thought he was the best player on the field today to be honest with you."

Another thing Miller brought is a camaraderie that Marquette has been lacking at times this season.

In the 41st minute, Von Rueden and St. John's defender Joel Gustafsson both received yellow cards. The reason for Von Rueden's?

"I was just protecting Scott," Von Rueden said referring to when Gustafsson knocked Miller on the ground. "That's what it came down to. The ref didn't like it, didn't see it that way, but I was just protecting Scott."

According to assistant coach Stan Anderson, Miller is not yet back to 100 percent as far as health or fitness goes. But judging by the fact that Miller played significant minutes in each of the weekend games, the coaches must think that a less than 100 percent Miller is still good enough to help the team.

Against Syracuse Miller saw about 60 minutes and Anderson was quick to point out that when he took the bench Syracuse scored its only goal.

"He worked his backside off to get back," Anderson said. "Is he healthy? I don't know if at the top level of sports, once you are in season, if you are ever 100 percent."

Completely healthy or not, both Anderson and Bennett say that the return of Miller is going to be integral for the Golden Eagles as they move deeper into the Big East season.

"We've got now a couple of guys that are beginning to be able to stand on their own two feet in the Big East and be able to say, 'Alright guys, you can stand there … but I'll lead, you follow,'" Bennett said. "That's what we need. I can tell them to do this and do that, but what's important is them doing it and then believing it."

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Welcome to the MUTV Sports Blog.

This is a brand new venture of the MUTV Sports Department and basically we are going to try to give Marquette sports fans another source of coverage, and we’re going to bring you video that you can’t get anywhere else. Since this is new, we are still working on developing regular content, but will be making it a priority to update this on a regular basis and to do so as often as possible.

We intend to include stories from the Marquette Tribune, audio from Marquette University Radio and, of course, video from MUTV. Right now men’s golf, men’s and women's soccer, women’s volleyball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's cross country are all underway and we will be covering them extensively. Be sure to check in as the men’s basketball season gets closer as we will all be looking forward to another exciting season.

Speaking of men’s basketball, this year MUTV Sports is the sole provider of Marquette Madness to the world. In the days and weeks leading up to that broadcast be sure to check in regularly as we provide information and season preview information. After the event we will be bringing you video and analysis that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

With that said, I am looking forward to an exciting year of Marquette athletics and I know that all of you are too.

Jonathan Ficke
MUTV Assistant Sports Director
Editor in Chief -- MUTV Sports Blog