It's been a couple of months since your ears have been blessed with the Scrambled Eggs podcast, so it's time to rectify that. We may have been on vacation but we're hoping it's not too noticeable. So where to start? A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks, but we start with the non-conference schedule and what that looks like within the scope of the team at present. We then transition into a roster discussion, including some of the additions and lack of transfers that will shape the team this season. That leads to a discussion of expectations for the season....spoiler alert, we're not sure what to think. The season will be shaped by the new staff Wojo has put together so we talk about that as well. Lastly, we talk about recruiting and just a hint of Buzz hating. Shake the rust off with us.
To borrow from a favorite cartoon show of ours....yeah, MU fans, that month sure sucked last month. March just plain sucked. I've seen months suck before but March was the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked. So we quickly pivot from that to the dawning Wojo era. Side note, I can't spell words let alone Wojciechowski, so Wojo will be the nom de guerre for Scrambled Eggs. Anyway, we talk Wojo, what we think his impact on MU will be and what are our expectations. We walk through some of the reasons to like the hire despite Phil's and some fan's initial reluctance. We also talk about the current players, if they stay, and some very interesting quotes that came out. Lastly we talk incoming recruits and the new university president. So we welcome our new basketball overlord in Coach Wojo and wish him the best of luck!
Not much to say in this rundown. We talk about the relatively shocking news that Buzz Williams is no longer the head coach at MU and the even more shocking news that he went to Backwater Virgina....I mean Blacksburg, Virgina (spelling is hard) to do it. After a very long discussion about what happened with rampant speculation and unfounded conclusions we pivot to what does Marquette do next and what is the impact on the current players/recruits. We do think this can turn out positively for Marquette, but it's going to be a lot of angst. Buckle up, the ride has only just begun.
As the title indicates, we're exhausted and we think you are exhausted around MU basketball this season, but we'll get through this together on the podcast. Obviously we have to talk about the stomach punch games and deja vu that were the Providence and St John's game. They were very tough games, and yet more games we could have won but maybe shouldn't have been in a position to win. We then pivot from there to the Senior Day "festivities" and our impression of such things. Lastly, we spend a fair amount of time discussing the Big East tournament and potential match ups. We even try to be positive and create a path for MU to get to the championship and maybe sneak into the NCAA tournament, but to say it is a stretch is being unfair to this guy.
Unfortunately, the Villanova game went exactly how we feared it would. So after this past week, Marquette is 1-1 with no signature win on the season and very much looking from the outside of the bubble. We break down the game for what it's worth and touch on the Georgetown game a little bit. We then transition to what should be obvious, Marquette needs some serious luck and a conference tournament run to make the NCAA tournament. We don't think it likely but supposedly there is a chance. That discussion leads to another on schedule next year, and what the schedule should look like to help Marquette make this a one year downswing. Next on the hit list is what to expect this week against Providence and St John's, clearly must win if MU has any chances of making the tourny. Lastly, we spend time talking about each of the seniors and forecasting a dusty day in the Bradley Center for the senior events after the game. Hasn't been the best of weeks, but no reason not to pod about it.
It's another week of aghast filled Marquette basketball and so another Scrambled Eggs podcast. The podcast starts with a walk through of the Creighton game and how disappointed the fan base. We also discuss Phil's story of Creighton fan's getting kicked out the Bradley Center. We next move on to the almost DeBacle at DePaul. The All State arena is always an MU house of horrors, this time it almost exceeded all previous instances. In fact, we debate two plays that might just be Marquette's season in microcosm. We then move on to the oft-discussed NCAA tournament and Marquette's chances. That's were Joe coins a phrase that we will ride into the ground and the genesis of this post's title. Lastly we discuss the next two games on the schedule (Georgetown and Villanova) to determine what Marquette needs to do to end the season. If you are going to make a mistake listening to any podcast, we want to be that mistake!
Saturday against Xavier was probably Marquette's best win of the season. It was a solid performance from start to finish with the MU backcourt performing the best it has all season. It also represents the third win in a row for MU and puts them into a tie for 3rd in the Big East. So hooray. Having said all that, the fact is that Marquette is still on the outside looking in. So we talk about the 3 game winning streak, and whether it is or will ever be safe to pull out your Jake Thomas jersey. We also talk about the big tournament and where Marquette stands in it's pursuit of a bid. A quick hint, it looks better than a week ago but not that great. Lastly we talk about the upcoming Creighton game, if MU can win, and what the final 6 games means for Marquette. It's good to be a little more positive in this podcast, we were starting to sound like Eeyore.
In the latest edition of Scrambled Eggs, we dive right into the age old question, can you have too much good Mayo? We cover the Butler result which overshadows the dumpster fire that was the St John's loss which totally eliminated the good feeling from the Providence game which....well you get the idea. We talk consistency or the lack thereof and how everyone should stop talking March Madness for Marquette until certain conditions are met. We also predict the Seton Hall game. Lastly, we spend some time discussing booing and if it's ok. I'll give away the ending, Joe is definitely against it. Enjoy
You watched the Villanova game and so did we. That game was simultaneously less frustrating and more frustrating than it seemed (probably won't make more sense on the pod, but give it a go). We breakdown the game, what went wrong, what went right, and does the result change any of our opinions. We also dive into the long lingering brush fire on twitter/message board/interwebs/bar time that is John Dawson vs Derrick Wilson. That discussion expands to the freshman minutes in general and Anonymous Eagle's call for more time for Dawson/Burton/JJJ. Once we add fuel to those fires, we move on to preview Providence and St Johns, and one of us is a total negative Nancy. The team may be down but the podcast is on the top of it's game, we even made it through without a single Seinfeld reference(we think). Give it a listen and lets all hope for less bad days.
To paraphrase a famous fictional tv personality, "we are in a glass case of emotion!" The Butler loss Saturday was one of the most deflating of the season but then roughly 54.256 hours later the fan base is insane with joy over a game tying 3 from Todd Mayo and a overtime dominance that lands Marquette it's biggest win of the season. Yes, that is a run on sentence, but who cares MU won a game on the road that they had to have! So we discuss all of that in this episode of Scrambled Eggs. We also discuss a lot of questions that the last two games have left unanswered: Steve Taylor where have you been? John Dawson, first of many good games or infuriating tease? Can MU make a run to get back into the tourny discussion (don't care what you think, they are OUT right now)? Does MU have a shot against Nova in a must win scenario at home? How does Buzz coach these evolving pieces going forward? How many Seinfeld references can Joe make in a single podcast? It's a very engrossing podcast, so enjoy.