and Spring Training is finally here (Brewers play spilt squads to kick things off today). But before head fullsteam into March, let's take a look at what the final weekend of February had to offer.
Next up, lets look at the college team from Milwaukee. Marquette took on Providence in what I considered a must win game on Sunday, and Marquette did more then just win the game. The Golden Eagles blew out the Friars 86-62. This was a much needed home win for Marquette as they too have two games left this season. (including their Senior Night this Wednesday at the Bradley Center). The game against Providence should have given this team some confidence offensively, and stat-wise Marquette had two players tally double doubles. Jae Crowder did it scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Junior Cadougan did it by getting 10 points, and 10 assists. The Golden Eagles did well on the defensive end too, holding Marshon Brooks (who scored 52 points for the Friars in a game last week) to just 17 points.
Marquette now has Cincinnati at home on Wednesday, and then Seton Hall on the road to close the regular season this Saturday. If they can finish the season with two wins I think they should be in the dance not matter what. If they finish 1-1 they will need at least two wins in the Big East Tournament I would think. Winks thinks that they have already done enough to get in, but I'm still not sure. I still like their chances, but I'd like to see a couple more wins before I get as confident as he is. Either way, more wins can't hurt.
The "pro" team from Milwaukee also played this weekend. This was like one of those Brewers/Cubs games from a few years ago where the whole place was littered with fans from Chicago. There might have been a few Bucks fans at the game on Saturday night, but you'd be hard pressed to find them. Case in point, Milwaukee was booed by the Bulls fans at the start of the game. That might have fueled the Bucks fire for the first quarter, but the Bucks slowed down after that. The Bulls took care of the Bucks with a big defensive second half to win 83-75 Saturday night.
Next up for the Bucks are the Pistons on Tuesday, the same Pistons team that might have "boycotted the coach for a game", but no one really knows. Either way I bet the Bucks find a way to get beat by a team that shouldn't win the rest of the season. The Pistons are a wreck on and off the court, but I think they should still be favored to win. Things are just not looking good for the Bucks right now. If you want to see something worthwhile at the Bradley Center check out the Milwaukee Admirals Saturday night. I'll be in attendance, especially because of the fact that the first 3,500 fans get a free Gruber Law Office T-shirt. I can't wait to get my new T-shirt let me tell you.
We won't find out where they get drafted until April, but in the meantime we have a healthy slate of games to watch in March. The NCAA tournament is at the top of my list, but there's plenty of Brewers Spring Training and shitty Bucks games to go around as well.