Buzz Williams sets the tone for confident Golden Eagles
"If you can look at the tape, you can see it."
Jae Crowder couldn't be any more succinct when discussing the difference between this version of the Marquette Golden Eagles and the prior model that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
In 2011, there was jubilation, smiles for days and some tears. They were an 11 seed, Cinderella.
Guard Darius Johnson-Odom said it all in a tweet after the second round: The team isn't satisfied.
"It's just a different mentality," Crowder added. "We've been here before and we're trying to win."
The third-seeded Golden Eagles play No. 7 Florida tonight in Phoenix and head in with a workman-like approach that missing last season. To them, the bar had been raised after North Carolina blew them out in this round a year ago.
"I think the response was different," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "Is it because of the expectations? Maybe internally. I also think that it's because of the experience from last year. They understand this is where we're at, can we better this year? I think that's just human nature of wanting to advance. Not that we didn't want to advance last year but I think that there was some portion of us that 'This is an unbelievable deal, we weren't even supposed to be in the tournament and here we are in the Sweet Sixteen.'"
That bar was defined in Williams' postgame speech to his team following their first round victory over a one-loss Murray State team.
Williams said he has received some negative feedback for that speech, but he can't help being who he is.
"I didn't know that that was going to become public, but it is what I said and that's what I believe," he said. "I probably shouldn't (be so emotional). It may be the reason a lot of guys don't do it, in hindsight. They're probably more mature and have more wisdom than I do. The critique of my postgame comments has become a world of its own. About 95-percent of what I've been emailed and called and written has been extremely positive. But the 5-percent that haven't, it's been astonishing to me.
"I can only be who I am, and who I am has nothing to do with my title."
"The word I put on it 'spontaneous,'" forward Jamil Wilson said of his coach. "He might say some things that you'll be like 'What?' or a bunch of numbers and you're like 'Huh?' But that's just him. He's a good guy and there's a motive behind everything he does, even though if at the time you're like this isn't going anywhere."
Marquette heads to Phoenix with the hopes of being the first team since 2003 to reach the Elite Eight, but even if they do top Florida tonight, don't expect a massive celebration.
"We're not content with being one of the Sweet Sixteen teams," Johnson-Odom said. "We have a bunch of guys who want to do more than that."
Yeah...they broke the rules..they were punished. End of story unless there is more to it. I find it odd that this story breaks as the team makes a run to finish the season out strong considering the infraction occured almost 2 months ago. Sounds like someone at the JS has too much time on their hands.
Rabid652....Underage...at a bar...during the basketball season...late at night....no curfew? There are rules these young men agree to before they accept a full ride scholarship to one of the finest colleges in the country...and yet they still do pretty much whatever they want to do. Buzz only cares about Buzz...he'll be gone either next year or the year after that.
Shocking...Badger troll is "outraged" over some college kids out at a bar at night. I can't wait to see you leaving Stenys tonight in tears as we roll in to watch MU move on to Saturday.
I've read more than one article about the problems Marquette is having with it's basketball players...and yet they are all still playing....here's one site for you averageguy. http://arrestnation.com/tag/marquette-university-basketball-players-cited/
Tosa Jim. Calm down. Quit spazzing out about something that we don't have all the information about yet. Unless you were there? If so please regale us will all the details.
Show me the other Talkback
6 comments about this article.
Post a comment / write a review.
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.