Tag:Buzz Williams
Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2011 6:11 pm

Marquette learns how to hold a lead vs. Syracuse

Jae Crowder drives on Rick Jackson

Posted by Eric Angevine

Talk about a huge game for Marquette. Since becoming a member of the Big East, the Golden Eagles had never beat Syracuse. That changed today, with a 76-70 home victory in front of an ecstatic crowd at the Bradley Center. The Orange dropped their fourth game in a row.

The obvious difference in this game was rebounding. The 'Cuse starters combined to grab just 12 boards all game long, and the team as a whole had only four offensive rebounds over 40 minutes of play. Ouch.

6-foot-6 junior transfer Jae Crowder had 25 points for his best scoring performance since dropping 29 on West Virginia. He grabbed six defensive rebounds as well, doing his part to keep the Orange off the glass and jump-start the Marquette offense.

Marquette showing up big late in the season after a slow start is nothing new to fans of the program. Head coach Buzz Williams basically admits that his teaching style takes a while to catch on.

"We're slow in November and December because I'm not teaching them offense," he said in an interview at the beginning of the season. "By late January, we have rhythm and flow and they're not overthinking."

Right on cue.

The emerging flow was evident in the way the Golden Eagles dealt with the Syracuse zone. Using transition to score quickly and quickness to exploit gaps in the 2-3, Marquette's players were able to find enough room to shoot. Senior Jimmy Butler went 6 of 10 from the floor and 2 of 2 from deep to score 19, Darius Johnson-Odom had 17, and  Dwight Buycks put up a nice all-around line of 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the win.

Scoop Jardine had 13 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort, and much-ballyhooed freshman big Fab Melo continued to disappoint, scoring just 2 points to go with 2 rebounds. Another freshman, Baye Moussa Keita, continued to outplay Melo, garnering 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks before fouling out.

Both teams are now 5-4 in the Big East, and have a lot of ground to make up in order to join the upper echelon of the sprawling league.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:29 am

Coach Speak: Bruce Pearl meant to do that

Posted by Eric Angevine

Buzz Williams gets our video spotlight for his press conference following the Marquette victory over West Virginia this weekend. As much for the Brewers sweatshirt as for anything he says, though he is a very plain-spoken fellow.

Now, on to some other quotables from NCAA head coaches from the past weekend:

"I was just trying to get (assistant coach) Tony Jones some reps."
-Bruce Pearl, talking about his ejection from Tennessee’s 91-78 loss to College of Charleston


"Josh had 23 points and 14 rebounds? Oh my gosh."
-John Calipari, reading Josh Harrellson’s line on the postgame stat sheet following a 78-63 win over Louisville


"He got 10 rebounds and we were playing at St. John's last week and he played 35 minutes and got 1 rebound. He wasn't active, so I spent half my halftime talk just getting after him to start getting his nose in there and stop being a cutie-pie."

-Northwestern's Bill Carmody evaluating sophomore Drew Crawford's play this week


"Thomas is without question our best post guy right now. He deserves to be out there, even though it’s probably not best for our team over time."

-Bill Self keeps the pressure on juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris by starting sophomore Thomas Robinson


"It takes a lot of pressure off the big guys. It gives us an opportunity to run out … to break and push the ball down the floor. It creates advantages-disadvantages for us. Now you’ve got forwards trying to guard our guards."

-Missouri coach Mike Anderson on his team’s recent improvement in defensive rebounding


"I looked out there and it was like the old Michael Jordan movie 'Space Jam,' It was the monsters and aliens vs. the cartoon characters. That was a nice looking team on the other bench. They’re big, strong, athletic."

-Boise State head coach Leon Rice after the Broncos defeated New Mexico State 81-78


"A moral victory for us."

-Head coach Brian Newhall of DIII Occidental College following his team’s 93-50 loss at San Diego State. A last-second shot denied Aztec fans free curly fries, awarded by Jack in the Box restaurants whenever SDSU holds a visiting team below 50.


"Since we last played them and beat them, we've lost eight games - and two of them were to them. I'm really proud of our team for really stepping up and not being intimidated by the streak. Tonight was our night."

-Stanford women's coach Tara VanDerveer after ending UConn’s 90-game win streak

Hot Seat: Trent Johnson, LSU

If anyone made his seat hotter this week, it's LSU's Trent Johnson. The man who won 80 games in a difficult recruiting environment at Stanford probably thought winning in Baton Rouge would be a piece of cake, but things have gone downhill since his first season with the purple and gold, which ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Last year there was no postseason bid at all, and this season looks much the same. The Tigers are 8-7, and this week's road trip, with a short turnaround between playing Rice in Houston on December 29th and then Virginia in Charlottesville on January 2nd, didn't do him any favors, as both ended in losses to very beatable teams.

Louisiana State fired John Brady two years after he reached a Final Four. How much patience will they have with Johnson? The road trip continues on Saturday with a trip to the terrible, horrible, no-good Auburn Tigers. If that game ends in a loss, Tiger fans will be howling for Johnson's head on a platter.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2010 3:42 pm

Reggie Smith breaks up with Marquette

Posted by Eric Angevine

Ah, teenage romance. It's so intense, yet so short-lived.

In December of 2009, Reggie Smith was all "It clicked real fast," and "I was meant to be at Marquette ."

One year later, the Golden Eagles and Smith were still an item. As a freshman, he started five games at point, but the relationship obviously wasn't exclusive any more. Buzz Williams started casting wayward glances at Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue while Smith was out sick .

Now, Smith seems to be pushing his former paramour away to forestall worse pain down the road.

Smith failed to report back to MU on Christmas night, as was required for Golden Eagles players after a three-day holiday break, didn’t show up for a scheduled doctor’s appointment and then didn’t take part in the first of the two practices the team held on Sunday.

That led to a meeting between Smith, Smith’s stepfather and coach Buzz Williams.

“Reggie didn’t say anything; it was just his stepdad," said Williams. "The meeting was three minutes in duration, and the only thing that I knew was he wasn’t playing as much as he would want.”

-Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Call me callous, but neither party seems too broken up about it right now.

Where will Smith look next? He's from Illinois, and this is Demetri McCamey's last season in Champaign. That's a possibility. Then again, back before he slipped on Marquette's class ring, Reggie Smith was quite taken with the USC Song Girls basketball team. L.A. probably sounds pretty good to a guy who's digging out in Milwaukee right now. Wherever he goes, he should be available to play in the 2011 after sitting out just the fall semester, and that has to be an attractive option for several schools that lack a strong point presence right now.

Photo: AP
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