Thursday, June 7, 2012
3-point shot: Marquette's tough schedule
By Andy Katz
1. Former North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall said he didn't know that he fractured his right elbow until six weeks ago despite the injury occurring on the same fall as his right hand injury against Creighton in the NCAA tournament. Marshall could not do contact drills at the Chicago NBA combine but he did shoot. He continued to say he wouldn't have been able to play in St. Louis but would have tried at the Final Four. UNC beat Ohio but lost to Kansas in the St. Louis regional. Marshall said he didn't want to hurt the team.
2. Marquette coach Buzz Williams said his schedule is set with the Ohio State game on a Naval ship off the coast off Charleston, S.C. According to Williams, this will be the toughest schedule he has had at Marquette with the OSU game, the Maui Invitational (Texas, UNC and Butler headline too), Wisconsin, at Florida, at Green Bay and LSU. Williams would feel better about the schedule if he still had the two players he was watching in Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom.
3. There was a banner missing at the UIC practice court Thursday. The Flames took down former Horizon League member Butler as the Bulldogs are off to the Atlantic 10 next season. But wow was that quick to respond. I would like to know how many other league teams have removed team banners this early when school is just finishing or the second semester recently ended.