Archive for the ‘NCAA Tournament’ category

2013 Marquette Golden Eagles Big East Regular Season Champs and Elite Eight Ring

August 20, 2013

From Marquette Basketball Facebook page:

1185112_316410048502629_1923003789_nThat ring is BEAUTIFUL!! My college ring is nice, my high school ring is nice, but it does not compare to this amazing piece of jewelry! Marquette put a lot of hard work and effort into their season title this past season and their run to the Elite Eight should not go unnoticed. They pulled off a huge upset against Miami in the Sweet Sixteen. Anyone who doubts Buzz Williams and Marquette’s players should he ashamed of themselves because they are one of the hardest working teams in the country. I expect the Golden Eagles to be back in the NCAA tournament and they certainly have the capability of bringing home another regular season title in the brand new Big East. I know Marquette is going to spread their wings and fly to a good start early in the season. Remember, always bleed gold and blue…

Donnie Dwyer CBS 58 Broadcast 4-2-12

April 3, 2012

CBS 58 Sports Intern Donnie Dwyer covers the highlights from Brewers Spring Training, Bucks win against the Wizards, the Admirals hockey brawl, and the Masters look ahead on our station. Check it out, it’s a good one.

Photo of the Week: St. Bonaventure is A-10 Champions

March 12, 2012


St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt cuts down the nets after winning the A-10 championship Sunday afternoon. (Associated Press)

 …I love what coach Mark Schmidt has done with the program. From a program that had won 23 games in three years from 2005-2008 it is good to see their recent success. They haven’t reached the NCAA tournament since 2000 and coach Schmidt is a big part of that bringing in Andrew Nicholson to become A-10 player of the year and player of the A-10 tournament. What a job they have done rebuilding and now they have a tough test in Florida State. I am proud to see their success and hope they win. This is just a great picture of rags to riches and that’s why they call it March Madness baby…

Butler Bulldogs want to join the Atlantic 10 next season

March 12, 2012

The Butler Bull dogs has expressed interest in joining the Atlantic 10 for all sports except football as the replacement to Temple.

The A-10 will lose Temple, historically one of its best men’s basketball programs, to the Big East in the fall of 2013. Butler has been among the dominant programs in the Horizon League, which, like the A-10, has been a competitive mid-major conference in the recent past.

The Bulldogs are intrigued by the access to major media markets in the A-10 and the increase in competition with Xavier, Saint Louis and Dayton among others, sources said. Adding Butler, which is located in Indianapolis, would give the A-10 another Midwest presence to go with those three schools.

Before missing out on an NCAA tournament selection Sunday, Butler reached the NCAA championship game in 2011 and 2010. Butler lost to Valparaiso in the semifinals of the Horizon tournament. The Bulldogs (20-14) will host Delaware on Wednesday night in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.

The school competes in the Horizon League in all sports except football, where it plays in the Pioneer Football League. That league, which also includes Dayton, is classified in Division I’s Football Championship Subdivision but does not offer athletic scholarships.

As a Fordham fan, this potential move scares me because Butler could make the Atlantic 10 even better and potentially have a 4-5 bid league in the future. Butler is realizing that being the Horizon league it only is a one big league. Moving to the Atlantic 10 can give them a better schedule and also an easier chance to the big dance. In other sports, it helps the A-10 spread out to the midwest and make the conference even better. But as for basketball, it creates a lot of competition and makes this league a lot stronger than people think. Let’s see if it happens in the future. The bulldogs can claw their way to better basketball come next season…

New York Magazine: Hey, Fordham Beat a Team That Beat the National Champion!

April 6, 2011

Via New York Magazine:

Goldfield for NY Daily News

It may not warrant a banner inside the Rose Hill Gym — in fact, this may not be worth celebrating at all, particularly to those who don’t follow Fordham basketball — but it dawned on us last night that new national champion UConn lost this season to a team, St. John’s, that itself lost to Fordham. (Storm that court, kids!) In search of a precedent, we contacted the Elias Sports Bureau and learned that it’s been 28 years since Fordham beat a team that defeated the eventual champion during that same season. On February 10, 1983, the Rams defeated Notre Dame (a team coached by former Fordham coach Digger Phelps). Then, in their very next game, the Irish defeated eventual champion North Carolina State (a team whose roster included future Fordham head coach Dereck Whittenburg). Like we said, not exactly banner-worthy, but when your alma mater’s coming off a 7–21 campaign, the little things help. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go watch that court-storming video again.

 …This article really annoys me. While many say, “Hey! It’s great to get some publicity!” My answer to that is, What publicity? That Fordham is a bad team that shouldn’t have beat St. John’s. That the world is ok because Fordham beat St. John’s. That doesn’t make any sense to me because they finished the season 7-21 and only won 1 game in conference. That is nothing to cheer about Fordham fans. What they needed to say was that this season was in rebuilding mode and this win makes fans sure that more upsets will be here in the future. Celebrate the upset and the storming of the court, but don’t call Fordham champions until they become one…

Zagsblog: Buzz Williams gets new 7 year contract to stay at Marquette

April 6, 2011

Via Zagsblog:

Marquette coach Buzz Williams has signed a seven-year rollover contract extension at $2 million annually.

“The new agreement is an acknowledgement of Buzz’s standing as one of the rising stars in collegiate coaching,” Marquette AD Steve Cottingham said.

 “The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University. Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”

The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of Williams’ first three seasons, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11. Marquette is 69-37 (.651) overall during his tenure and 32-22 (.593) in Big East Conference competition.

“I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,” Williams said.

“Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it’s the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have,” Williams added. “I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today.”

Since taking over, Williams has led Marquette to three straight NCAA tournaments, is 69-37 overall and 32-22 in Big East play.

This is great news for Marquette Golden Eagles fans all around the nation. They needed to lock Buzz up because he could have went and succeeded at Oklahoma, NC State, or any other school. However, he decided to stay and wait for a deal and he received the big bucks. While he is going to make the big bucks, he has transformed this program from the Tom Crean era. What he has done since he took over the big three is tremendous. He has brought in great kids, great work ethic, and great attitude to lead them to the sweet sixteen this season. I have talked to Buzz a lot over my three years here and what I really appreciate is his honesty and passion for the game of basketball. He treats these kids like they are his children rather than just players who go to play basketball with him. He transforms them from basketball players to fathers and men of honor. That is why he was locked up for a while and that’s why I see great things for Marquette in the future…

Marquette basketball fans say goodbye to the team before sweet sixteen battle in NCAA tournament

March 22, 2011

Video of today at the Al McGuire Center where the Marquette basketball players loaded the bus and traveled to Newark, New jersey to take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.