Marquette’s Vander Blue declares for NBA Draft; smart or dumb decision?

Coming off a breakout junior campaign for the Marquette Golden Eagles, shooting guard Vander Blue has decided to leave school a year early and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.  Blue is by no means a lock to be a first round pick which makes the decision somewhat surprising.  Allow me to break down why the decision both makes sense but could be one that Blue will regret.

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Marquette should be even better in 2013-2014

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While the disappointment of laying an egg in the Elite 8 against Syracuse still lingers, the future remains extremely bright for a Marquette program coming off their third straight trip to the Sweet 16.  Assuming Buzz Williams returns for his sixth season and the incoming recruiting class remains in tact, the Golden Eagles should be even better in 2013-14.

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#20 Marquette Golden Eagles: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

WARNING: As a Marquette alum and obsessive Golden Eagle basketball fan, this is going to take my lengthy, in-depth, nerdy previews to a whole new level.  If I were you, I would clear out ten minutes of your schedule before beginning to read this.

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What Trent Lockett transfer means to Marquette

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Due to the transfer of Jamail Jones and Aaron Durley not coming to Milwaukee next season, Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles had two open scholarships for next season.  Only one remains now as Arizona State transfer Trent Lockett tweeted that he will be finishing his college career at MU.

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Legit Cause for Concern as Marquette Begins Big East Play

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This is more than just my annual “over-reaction to a Marquette loss” article. It just so happens that the timing of this  comes after an embarrassing 74-57 defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt in which the score doesn’t accurately depict how big of a blow-out it actually was.

Now prior to the season if you would have told me that the Golden Eagles would finish 11-2 in their non-conference slate, I would have happily taken it without a second thought.  However, after ten straight wins to start the season there is now reason for concern as Marquette enters Big East play having lost two of their last three.

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#16 Marquette Golden Eagles at #7 Wisconsin Badgers: Brutally Honest Preview

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I’m obviously biased, but I think MarquetteWisconsin is one of the best non-conference college basketball rivalries in the country.  The two fan bases pretty much despise one another and the past few years, it always seems to be a battle of Top 25 teams and a hard fought, down-to-the wire game.  Saturday afternoon, the 118th all-time meeting between the two schools takes place at the Kohl Center with both teams looking to add a signature win to their resume.  Here is a super nerdy, in-depth breakdown of Saturday’s game.

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#18 Marquette Golden Eagles: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

WARNING: As a Marquette alum and obsessive Golden Eagles basketball fan, this is going to take my lengthy, in-depth, nerdy previews to a whole new level.  If I were you, I would clear out ten minutes of your schedule before beginning to read this.

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Marquette: Looking Ahead to the 2011-2012 Season

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Rather than dwell on the embarrassment that was Marquette’s Sweet 16 performance against North Carolina, I prefer to take the glass half-full approach and look ahead to next season.  Since it looks like Buzz Williams will not be fleeing the Brew City for Oklahoma, Missouri, or any of the other rumored coaching vacancies that his name has been linked to in the past couple weeks, the Golden Eagles only have to replace three seniors; Jimmy Butler, Dwight Buycks, and Joe Fulce.  (I guess four if you count Rob Frozena.)  Here is a look at how the 2011-2012 Marquette roster is shaping up and what I like and the role I would like to see each player have next season.

By: David Kay
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CBE Classic Preview: Marquette The Underdog

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The CBE Classic is the best of the 2010 pre-season college basketball tournaments and not just because my alma mater is involved.  You have two of the top three ranked teams in the country in Duke and Kansas State, the always dangerous Gonzaga, and a feisty Marquette team.  Here is a preview and my predictions for what will go down in Kansas City.  Check out David’s in-depth Maui Invitational Preview.

By: David Kay
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