Really don't know what to make of MU right now. They could have easily lost these games with James, so it's hard to see the effects of his injury. Acker isn't bad, but I saw they had 1 assist in the first half vs Louisville. One? Pitt and UConn are just too physically imposing. Tall doesn't kill Marquette (they had Stanford and the 7-foot Lopez sisters beat in the tourney, until one of them rattled in an OT buzzer-beater), but brute force does. A couple more big sows that take up space - even if they suck - would be helpful against the likes of Pitt/Uconn. A Chris Grimm/Ooze Barro, if you will. I mean, when Burke goes to the pine, Hayward and Jimmy Butler are your bigs. Come on.
I missed the Syracuse game, but saw they lost in OT. God I hate Syracuse.
Where do we go from here? Believe it or not, I hope they lose early in the 42 team Big East tournament. Seriously, I want them to lose. Why?
A) McNeal, Wes, and Hayward average about 39:59 minutes per game. They need rest, and MU can't afford another injury.
B) A loss would put expectations would be really, really low in the Big Dance. I like low expectations, it pisses the team off and motivates them to prove naysayers wrong ('07 Packers, Badger hoops most years, Brewers this year?)
C) Almost annually, you do yourself no favors by winning the Big East meat-grinder. Heading into the NCAA's on a roll doesn't always work - That's a myth. Here's the Big East Tourney Champs and what they did in the Big Dance (Since 2000):
2008 - Pitt - Lost in 2nd Round
2007 - Georgetown - Final 4
2006 - Syracuse - Didn't Win a Game
2005 - Syracuse - Didn't Win a Game
2004 - UConn - Won Title
2003 - Pitt, Sweet 16
2002 - UConn, Elite 8
2001 - Boston College, Lost in 2nd Round
2000 - St Johns, Lost in 2nd Round
The teams that were not elite to begin with (Okafor/Gordon UConn and Hibbart/Jeff Green GTown, the exception) seemed to fizzle out in the NCAA's - maybe because they beat themselves up for 4 games beforehand.
Bottom Line: winning a couple BET games might add a little confidence, but in my opinion, rest/health is more important for MU right now.