As many of you know, if there’s an opportunity for me to reference A.J. Price’s ankle-breaker on Marquette’s Jerel McNeal, I’ll take it. So, as UConn and Marquette get set for tonight’s Big East opener, here’s one of my favorite UConn moments.
Another notable game from the series: Marquette’s Steve Novak lit up No. 2 UConn for 41 points in a rout at the Bradley Center seven years ago. It was the 2006 Big East opener.
WHEN: Tonight, 8
WHERE: Bradley Center, Milwaukee
RECORDS: Marquette 9-3, UConn 10-2
UP NEXT: Jan. 8 vs. DePaul
Junior Cadougan G 6-1 Sr.: Shooting 16.7 percent from 3-point range
Vander Blue G 6-4 Jr.: Team-high 13.4 ppg
Todd Mayo G 6-3 So.: 12 pts, 6 rebs vs. North Carolina Central
Jamil Wilson F 6-7 Jr.: 9 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Devante Gardner F/C 6-8 Jr.: 12 ppg, 5 rpg
Trent Locket G 6-5 Sr.: Shooting higher percentage from 3 (40 %) than from field (39.5 %)
Chris O’Tule C 6-11 Sr.: 4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Juan Andrson F 6-6 So.: 9 pts vs. NC Central
Derrick Wilson G 6-1 So.: 2.4 ppg, 2.1 apg
Shabazz Napier G 6-0 Jr.: Seven or more rebs in 3 of past 4 games
Ryan Boatright G 5-10 So.: Double-digit FG attempts in past 6 games
Omar Calhoun G 6-5 Fr.: 14 pts vs. Washington
DeAndre Daniels F 6-8 So.: Leading rebounder at 4.3 per game
Enosch Wolf C 7-1 Jr.: 9 rebs in 17 mins vs. Washington
Tyler Olander F 6-9 Jr: 4 pts, 2 rebs vs. Washington
Niels Giffey F 6-7 Jr.: Scoreless vs. Washington
R.J. Evans G 6-3 R-Sr.: 6-for-7 FG in past 2 games
Phil Nolan F 6-9 Fr.: 9 pts, 4 rebs in past 2 games
THE BUZZ IN MILWAUKEE: Well, there is no Buzz. Marquette coach Buzz Williams will serve a team-imposed one-game suspension due to a recruiting violation that the school reported this past summer. Williams declined to publicly name his replacement according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
MAYO RETURNS: Marquette’s Todd Mayo, the brother of Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo, was academically ineligible for the entire first semester, which caused him to miss the Golden Eagles’ first 10 games. He recently returned, giving Marquette another dynamic player in the backcourt.
NOLAN’S HOMECOMING: UConn freshman Phil Nolan is back in his hometown of Milwaukee. The 6-foot-9 forward expects plenty of familiar faces to come out for tonight’s Big East opener.
“I know I got tickets for 15 people, but a lot of friends and family ordered tickets already, so it’s going to be fun,” Nolan said.