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2005-2006 Marquette Men's Basketball

mu05-06_cover_w.jpgRecord: 20-11
Big East: 10-6
BET: 0-1
NCAAs: 0-1
Final RPI Ranking: 31
Coach: Tom Crean
Captains: Steve Novak, Joe Chapman
Leading Scorer: Steve Novak 17.5 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Steve Novak 5.9 rpg

In Marquette's inaugural season in the Big East, the Warriors were predicted to finish close to the bottom of the conference. They had good games, like the opener against 2nd-ranked UConn, where Steve Novak poured in 41 points to smoke the Huskies in MU's first Big East matchup. They also had bad games, including the January 7th 70-66 loss to Cincinnati, where Eric Hicks set Bradley Center and MU opponent records for blocked shots in a game (10) and Cincinnati set a team record in that category with 18 rejections (7th most in NCAA History). They also had a few ugly games, including the 104-85 loss at 15th-ranked West Virginia. The 20 three-point field goals WVU hit in that game tied them for 20th all-time in NCAA History.

They played seven games against ranked opponents during the season, winning three contests and losing four. They ended the Big East season 10-6, which earned them a surprising fourth place finish in the Big East and a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament. Unfortunately, they went one and done in the BET vs. #16 Georgetown, then one and done in the NCAAs vs. Alabama in Novak's last NCAA game. Novak's three-point prowess helped set a new team mark for three-pointers made in a single season (263).

Schedule

DATE OPPONENT RESULT RECORD…
11/18/2005 Rice W 82-65 1-0 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
11/19/2005 Winthrop L 71-64 1-1 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
Great Alaska Shootout 11/24-11/26
11/24/2005 vs Eastern Washington W 83-73 2-1
11/25/2005 vs Oral Roberts W 73-70 3-1
11/26/2005 vs South Carolina W 92-89 4-1
11/30/2005 at Nebraska L 84-74 4-2
12/3/2005 South Dakota State W 87-52 5-2
12/7/2005 Valparaiso W 69-54 6-2
12/10/2005 at UW-Madison L 77-63 6-3
12/17/2005 San Francisco W 61-48 7-3
12/19/2005 Oakland W 90-69 8-3
12/22/2005 Delaware State W 60-48 9-3
12/28/2005 Lewis W 88-40 10-3
1/3/2006 #2 Connecticut W 94-79 11-3 (1-0)
1/7/2006 Cincinnati L 70-66 11-4 (1-1)
1/11/2006 at Seton Hall W 67-63 12-4 (2-1)
1/14/2006 at #16 West Virginia L 104-85 12-5 (2-2)
1/17/2006 at DePaul W 82-79 13-5 (3-2)
1/20/2006 Notre Dame W 67-65 14-5 (4-2)
1/25/2006 DePaul W 62-47 15-5 (5-2)
1/28/2006 at #12 Pittsburgh L 77-71 15-6 (5-3)
2/1/2006 Saint John's W 81-61 16-6 (6-3)
2/4/2006 at #4 Villanova L 72-67 16-7 (6-4)
2/12/2006 at Rutgers L 91-84 16-8 (6-5)
2/16/2006 #17 Georgetown W 57-51 17-8 (7-5)
2/18/2006 #18 Pittsburgh W 84-82 18-8 (8-5)
2/25/2006 at Notre Dame W 80-72 19-8 (9-5)
3/1/2006 at Louisville L 67-60 19-9 (9-6)
3/4/2006 Providence W 88-78 20-9 (10-6)
BIG EAST Tournament (New York, NY)
3/9/2006 vs #23 Georgetown L 62-59 20-10
NCAA Tournament (San Diego, CA)
3/16/2006 #7 seed vs #10 Alabama L 90-85 20-11

Big East Standings

Rank Team Big East Overall
1Connecticut 14-2 27-3
2Villanova 14-2 25-4
3West Virginia 11-5 20-10
4Marquette 10-6 20-10
5Georgetown 10-6 21-9
6Pittsburgh 10-6 24-7
7Seton Hall 9-7 18-11
8Cincinnati 8-8 19-12
9Syracuse 7-9 23-11
10Rutgers 7-9 18-13
11Louisville 6-10 18-12
12Notre Dame 6-10 15-13
13St. John's 5-11 12-15
14Providence 5-11 12-15
15DePaul 5-11 12-15
16South Florida 1-15 7-22

Players

No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)
43 Ryan Amoroso 6-8/242 F SO Burnsville, MN
41 Ousmane Barro 6-10/235 F SO Dakar, Senegal
10 Tommy Brice 5-11/174 G JR Bloomingdale, IL
12 Dwight Burke 6-8/240 F FR Brooklyn, NY
32 Joe Chapman 6-4/210 G SR Chicago Heights, IL
5 Dan Fitzgerald 6-9/200 F SO St. Paul, MN
33 Chris Grimm 6-10/245 C SR Brighton, MI
1 Dominic James 5-11/175 G FR Richmond, IN
40 Mike Kinsella 7-0/245 C JR Rochester, MN
51 Jamil Lott 6-7/225 F JR St. Paul, MN
23 Wesley Matthews 6-5/200 G FR Madison, WI
22 Jerel McNeal 6-3/185 G FR Chicago, IL
2 Matt Mortensen 6-6/190 F FR (redshirt) Provo, UT
20 Steve Novak 6-10/220 F SR Brown Deer, WI

Coaches

Tom Crean - Head Coach
Jason Rabadeaux - Assistant Coach
Dan Panaggio - Assistant Coach
Jean Prioleau - Assistant Coach
Todd Townsend - Director of Operations / Head Manager
Scott Holsopple - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jayd Grossman - Head Athletic Trainer

2005-2006 Season Statistics

name GP-GS MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS PPG
Steve Novak 31-31 1047 173 363 .477 121 259 .467 74 76 .974 34 149 183 39 20 4 32 64 541 17.5
Dominic James 31-31 1006 174 404 .431 41 136 .301 84 131 .641 24 116 140 167 50 12 87 74 473 15.3
Jerel McNeal 31-31 853 138 312 .442 13 46 .283 54 72 .750 40 100 140 85 64 14 117 77 343 11.1
Wesley Matthews 23-14 573 65 163 .399 14 32 .438 63 80 .788 34 59 93 51 29 5 52 51 207 9.0
Joe Chapman 31-16 697 64 147 .435 36 91 .396 21 28 .750 20 59 79 45 18 7 19 51 185 6.0
Dan Fitzgerald 31- 2 617 56 117 .479 30 74 .405 21 29 .724 24 51 75 51 20 6 57 78 163 5.3
Ryan Amoroso 26- 5 390 52 130 .400 8 25 .320 34 43 .791 46 58 104 14 4 6 15 39 146 5.6
Ousmane Barro 31-14 419 56 87 .644 0 0 23 42 .548 45 43 88 13 19 15 30 69 135 4.4
Jamil Lott 24- 7 264 29 55 .527 0 0 16 25 .640 23 29 52 7 9 16 20 34 74 3.1
Chris Grimm 24- 2 186 11 16 .688 0 0 3 6 .500 20 16 36 4 0 1 7 27 25 1.0
Mike Kinsella 14- 2 86 7 15 .467 0 0 3 8 .375 3 7 10 3 1 5 6 10 17 1.2
Dwight Burke 20- 0 105 5 12 .417 0 0 6 9 .667 5 10 15 1 1 3 9 24 16 0.8
Tommy Brice 6- 0 7 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0.0
TOTALS 31 6250 830 1823 .455 263 663 .397 402 549 .732 377 435 1112 482 235 94 458 599 2325 75.0

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