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2006-07 Marquette Men's Basketball

mu06-07_cover_w.jpg Record: 24-10
Big East: 10-6
BET: 1-1
NCAAs: East Region
Final AP Ranking: 20
Final RPI Ranking: 22
Coach: Tom Crean
Captains: Jerel McNeal, Dan Fitzgerald, Dominic James, Wesley Matthews
Leading Scorer: Dominic James 14.9 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Ousmane Barro 6.9 rpg

The Marquette Warriors finished the season 24-10 overall and 10-6 in the Big East. Marquette entered their second season in the Big East ranked #16 by the preseason AP Poll, and #17 by the preseason Coaches Poll. This is the highest preseason ranking for a Marquette team since 1977, when they were coming off their sole National Championship. They played eight ranked opponents during the season, winning five contests and losing three.

After losing Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Jerel McNeal, to a thumb injury, Marquette was saddled with an 8 seed in the NCAA tournament where Marquette fell to #9 Michigan State in the first round in dismal fashion.

Marquette finished the season ranked 20th in the AP Poll and their 34 games played was the most ever by a Marquette team, as were the 2,443 points scored.

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time (CT) / Results Record Notes
13-Oct-06 Marquette Madness Al McGuire Center Complete
Exhibition
05-Nov-06 Cardinal Stritch Bradley Center W, 99-70 Exhibition
Non-Conference
10-Nov-06 Hillsdale College Bradley Center W, 77-66 1-0
13-Nov-06 Idaho State Bradley Center W, 59-56 2-0 CBE Classic
14-Nov-06 Detroit Bradley Center W, 87-45 3-0 CBE Classic
18-Nov-06 Eastern Michigan Bradley Center W, 95-62 4-0
20-Nov-06 Texas Tech Kansas City, MO W, 87-72 5-0 CBE Classic
21-Nov-06 Duke Kansas City, MO W, 73-62 6-0 CBE Classic
27-Nov-06 Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN W, 65-62 7-0
01-Dec-06 Northwestern State Bradley Center W, 83-67 8-0 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
02-Dec-06 North Dakota State Bradley Center L, 60-64 8-1 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
05-Dec-06 Delaware State Bradley Center W, 65-48 9-1
09-Dec-06 UW-Madison Bradley Center L, 66-709-2
16-Dec-06 UMBC Bradley Center W, 68-4610-2
19-Dec-06 Oakland Bradley Center W, 80-62 11-2
22-Dec-06 Morgan State Bradley Center W, 77-57 12-2
30-Dec-06 Savannah State Bradley Center W, 69-51 13-2
Big East Conference
04-Jan-07 Providence Providence, RI L, 59-74 13-3 (0-1)
07-Jan-07 Syracuse Bradley Center L, 70-58 13-4 (0-2)
10-Jan-07 Connecticut Storrs, CT W, 73-69 14-4 (1-2)
13-Jan-07 West Virginia Bradley Center W, 81-63 15-4 (2-2)
15-Jan-07 Louisville Louisville, KY W, 74-65 16-4 (3-2)
21-Jan-07 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA W, 77-74 17-4 (4-2)
24-Jan-07 Seton Hall Bradley Center W, 89-76 18-4 (5-2)
28-Jan-07 South Florida Tampa, FL W, 70-68 19-4 (6-2)
03-Feb-07 Providence Bradley Center W, 69-62 20-4 (7-2)
07-Feb-07 Rutgers Bradley Center W, 67-47 21-4 (8-2)
10-Feb-07 Georgetown Washington, DC L, 76-58 21-5 (8-3)
14-Feb-07 DePaul Chicago, IL L, 72-67 21-6 (8-4)
17-Feb-07 Louisville Bradley Center L, 61-59 21-7 (8-5)
19-Feb-07 Villanova Bradley Center W, 80-67 22-7 (9-5)
24-Feb-07 Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN L, 85-73 22-8 (9-6)
03-Mar-07 Pittsburgh Bradley Center W, 75-71 23-8 (10-6)
Big East Tournament
07-Mar-07 Saint John's MSG W, 76-67 24-8 (11-6)
08-Mar-07 Pittsburgh MSG L, 89-79 24-9 (11-7)
NCAA Tournament (8 Seed)
15-Mar-07 Michigan State Winston-Salem, NC L, 61-49 24-10 (11-7) #9 Seed Michigan State

Roster

No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)
2 Maurice Acker 5-8/165 G SO Hazelcrest, Ill. (Hillcrest)
41 Ousmane Barro 6-10/245 F JR Dakar, Senegal (Chicago Julian)
21 Lawrence Blackledge 6-8/185 F JR Carbondale, Ill. (Carbondale)
12 Dwight Burke 6-8/245 F SO Brooklyn, N.Y. (St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.))
10 David Cubillan 6-0/170 G FR Mara Caibo, Venezuela (St. Benedict's (N.J.))
5 Dan Fitzgerald 6-9/205 F JR St. Paul, Minn. (St. Thomas Academy)
32 Lazar Hayward 6-6/215 F FR Buffalo, N.Y. (Notre Dame Prep (Mass.))
1 Dominic James 5-11/175 G SO Richmond, Ind. (Richmond)
40 Mike Kinsella 7-0/250 C SR Rochester, Minn. (John Marshall)
51 Jamil Lott 6-7/225 F SR St. Paul, Minn. (Como Park)
23 Wesley Matthews 6-5/215 G SO Madison, Wis. (Memorial)
22 Jerel McNeal 6-3/195 G SO Chicago, Ill. (Hillcrest)
42 Tommy Brice 5-11/174 G JR Bloomingdale, Ill. (Lake Park)
45 Craig Kuphall 6-2/180 G SR Milwaukee, WI. (Wisconsin Lutheran)

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Staff

Tom Crean - Head Coach
Jason Rabadeaux - Assistant Coach
Jerry Sichting - Assistant Coach
Bennie Seltzer - Assistant Coach
Todd Townsend - Director of Basketball Operations
Robert Jackson - Unofficial - Practiced with team often
Tony Smith - Unofficial - Graduate Assistant - Left after 1st semester
Fr. William Kelly - Team Chaplain

Big East Standings

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Rank Team Rec Overall
1 Georgetown 13-3 26-6
2 Louisville 12-4 23-9
3 Pittsburgh 12-4 27-7
4 Notre Dame 11-5 24-7
5 Syracuse 10-6 22-10
6 Marquette 10-6 24-9
7 West Virginia 9-7 22-7
8 Depaul 9-7 18-13
9 Villanova 9-7 22-10
10 Providence 8-8 18-12
11 St. John's 7-9 16-15
12 Connecticut 6-10 17-14
13 Seton Hall 4-12 13-16
14 South Florida 3-13 12-18
15 Rutgers 3-13 10-19
16 Cincinnatti 2-14 11-19

Week by Week Media Rankings

Week AP Poll ESPN/USA Today Poll
Preseason 16 (554 votes) 17 (203 votes)
1 16 (589 votes) 17 (226 votes)
2 13 (716 votes) 17 (243 votes)
3 8 (1,240 votes) 9 (450 votes)
4 17 (731 votes) 20 (263 votes)
5 20 (443 votes) 22 (137 votes)
6 19 (473 votes) 21 (130 votes)
7 18 (571 votes) 22 (168 votes)
8 15 (669 votes) 21 (172 votes)
9 ORV (69 votes) ORV (1 vote)
10 24 (185 votes) ORV (31 votes)
11 15 (726 votes) 20 (185 votes)
12 14 (903 votes) 15 (316 votes)
13 11 (1,102 votes) 12 (433 votes)
14 12 (916 votes) 13 (352 votes)
15 16 (510 votes) 16 (184 votes)
16 20 (299 votes) 21 (137 votes)
17 18 (536 votes) 19 (192 votes)
18 20 (403 votes) No Rankings

Statistics

name GP-GS MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS PPG
Dominic James 34-34 1130 171 445 .384 50 184 .272 114 175 .651 20 84 104 167 64 5 89 72 506 14.9
Wesley Matthews 34-34 1062 133 304 .438 23 80 .288 141 183 .770 64 115 179 75 49 5 84 84 430 12.6
Jerel McNeal 29-29 876 154 369 .417 30 96 .313 88 129 .682 50 88 138 109 76 16 118 102 426 14.7
Ousmane Barro 34-34 919 118 197 .599 0 0 40 65 .615 103 131 234 12 24 35 52 87 276 8.1
Dan Fitzgerald 34-11 738 84 174 .483 52 123 .423 32 42 .762 46 86 132 24 15 4 35 98 252 7.4
Lazar Hayward 34-16 553 83 194 .428 10 48 .208 48 72 .667 61 63 124 10 20 3 35 73 224 6.6
David Cubillan 34- 1 721 55 145 .379 48 113 .425 29 38 .763 11 53 64 55 22 3 25 48 187 5.5
Jamil Lott 30-11 311 23 47 .489 0 0 16 30 .533 19 35 54 7 14 18 16 44 62 2.1
Lawrence Blackledge 19- 0 122 14 31 .452 0 2 .000 5 11 .455 14 13 27 9 5 7 9 9 33 1.7
Dwight Burke 34- 0 303 10 31 .323 0 0 8 30 .267 28 34 62 3 5 14 16 51 28 0.8
Mike Kinsella 18- 0 94 5 11 .455 4 5 .800 1 6 .167 6 18 24 3 0 5 7 19 15 0.8
Craig Kuphall 7- 0 16 1 1 1.00 0 0 2 2 1.00 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.6
Tommy Brice 7- 0 6 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0.0
TOTALS 34 6850 851 1951 .436 217 651 .333 524 783 .669 488 763 1251 475 295 115 496 691 2443 71.9

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