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#7 Marquette beats #12 Georgetown 83-69 on Senior Day

March 4, 2012

Donnie Dwyer reports from the Bradley Center on Marquette’s Senior Day as the fans say Goodbye to Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson Odom…

Dwight Howard breaks the record for Free Throw Attempts in a single game

January 13, 2012


I am posting this after drinking a nice cold water and sitting on my couch thinking, did I just watch that? Did I watch the most boring second half in my entire life? Yes, I did actually do that and I have to say that I am throughly entertained. The reason was because it was something no one has ever seen in an NBA game.

With about 2 minutes left in the third quarter and Andris Biedrins in foul trouble with 5, the tallest player to guard the 6 foot 11 inches Dwight Howard was David Lee and he is only 6 foot 9. Not to mention, Howard is 265 pounds and David is 240. Howard was just muscling his way inside getting easy opportunities leading to his 45 points. 

So what could the Warriors do to stop Big number 12? The answer was send him to the free throw line. Dwight Howard had never shot more than 24 free throws in a game which he had four times previously. Certainly, nothing compared to the Warriors’ plans.

Howard eclipsed his old mark with in the third quarter, getting hacked and held intentionally at the end of each quarter. Golden State’s rookie coach Mark Jackson’s strategy slowed down the pace and refused to let the Magic’s potent shooters find their rhythm.

So what was Stan Van Gundy’s strategy when he saw what the old ESPN analyst was thinking? He said,

“I’m looking at them like, `We’re not going to run a play. He’s going to foul him,” Van Gundy said. “What are we going to bother with diagraming a play? Make the free throw, play some defense.”

That about summed up this entire game in a nut shell.

Howard broke Wilt Chamberlain’s nearly 50-year-old NBA record for most free throw attempts in a game, making 21 of 39 in the Orlando Magic’s 117-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors. He said after the game,

“I just tried to be aggressive and get to the line. I didn’t care if I missed 30,” Howard said. “I was still going to go up there and shoot the next one with confidence.”

He finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds and it was his 1st career game with 40+ points, 20+ rebounds.

He’s the only active player to accomplish that feat. The last player to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds was Shaquille O’Neal who had 48 points and 20 rebounds against the Celtics on March 1, 2003, according to STATS LLC.

So I just had to tell you all out there that a new coach tried a new strategy after watching so many of his games year after year and Howard still beat the Warriors on their home floor. Even with Howard going 21-39 at the free throw, he shot 12-21 (57%) from the field. The guy just couldn’t get stopped.

Unfortunately, his next game will be against the New York Knicks. They have Tyson Chandler and a deeper bench so don’t expect the same result again. Just take this game in and say to yourself, did this really happen? Yes, it did. And we probably won’t see it happen again.

Before Duke tonight, Let’s look back at Marquette’s 4 previous games

November 22, 2010

Before everyone looks to the game in Kansas City and a game that will be on the National level, take a look at how the Golden Eagles have done so far this season in the past 4 games…

1. Three point defense has been awful all season long. They are allowing 8 made three pointers a game and allowing their opponents to shoot .41 % from downtown. That is a bad percentage because the three ball is what puts teams back into games like we saw against South Dakota and especially in Bucknell. This means their rotation is off and they need to make better adjustments as the season progresses.

2.This team is shooting 65% from the free throw lines. When the game is on the line and you have to hit two free throws, who do you want taking it? In this case, no one because they cannot hit it at the charity stripe. There is a reason they call it that too. It is FREE Throws. They need to start hitting it at the line if they want to win and advance far in any tournament this year.

3.They have a +14 in the rebounding margin so far this season. With a team this small, you love to see that on the stat sheet. You love to see this team look like they have grown in size when it is actually their heart. I like that about this team this year.

4.Averaging 12 pts a game is Senior, Dwight Byucks. I really like what this senior is doing on the floor. I love that when the team is down, he is quietly stepping up to the table and taking the challenges for the team. It is not only that he is taking the challenges, but he is actually pulling through and succeeding with it as well. He has started rallies, caused turnovers, played with injuries. This kid has stepped up big and the Golden Eagles might want to rely a little more on #23 this season.

5.Darius Johnson-Odom is shooting 2-12 from downtown this season. This doesn’t worry me, but it sends me a sign that what was once an easy look for him has caused him difficulty and may look somewhere else in his game to spark. He is a great talent and is a huge competitor but when the game counts the most, DJO has to hit those shots in order to get some W’s for the Golden Eagles.

6.Vander Blue has really had the green light so far this season for Marquette. He has played phenomenal defense and has been a spark plug going to the basket and doing the little things on the floor to win. With being the leader in steals (2.0 spg) and second in assists (3.8 apg), he has shown that defense can bode well with production on the offensive end (9 ppg). He has bought into the saying, “The harder you work, the better you get. ”

7.Finally, Jae Crowder has been a stud and I have known that since he has gotten here. The Junior College Player of the Year last year has put up big numbers and has been a huge provider for this team off the bench. He is averaging 11 pts and 8 reb. a game and has looked like last years #32 Lazar Hayward out there with his shot and low post moves. Crowder is just such a smart player who doesn’t turn it over, looks for his teammates in the open, and really looks out for the team and for a win. He is not here at Marquette for himself or his pride. For him, it is about we and not me.