Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After a Quick Jump, Marquette Takes Fall and Loses 2 in Row

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

After a Quick Jump, Marquette Takes Fall and Loses 2 in Row

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"When you bring a new coach into a program," St. Louis University coach Charlie Spoonhour said, "you tend to get a jump start."

The Marquette Golden Eagles had a fun start under new coach Mike Deane - eight victories in their first nine games, climaxed by a 15-point triumph over intrastate rival Wisconsin.

Now comes the jump. After dropping successive games to Temple - on national TV last week at Kiel Center - and to unheralded Wisconsin-Green Bay, Deane is ready to jump all over his players.

Some observers offered Marquette an excuse. Seems the team didn't get out of St. Louis until mid-afternoon last Friday because of poor weather and thus had less-than-ideal preparation time for Saturday's late-morning game.

"We don't have that strength of character that an experienced team would have," Deane said. "But travel situations like that happen. This is the Midwest. It's going to happen, and it really wasn't that uncomfortable.

"Those are kind of lousy excuses. The bottom line is, we didn't do what had to be done. . . . We have some character flaws. Some selfishness. Too many guys out there have an unrealistic evaluation of themselves. If anything, our kids reacted poorly to the fact we played on ESPN both games rather than the travel situation."

E For Eford: Deane left the floor against Wisconsin-Green Bay sour not just about the loss but wondering how control had eluded him in the waning seconds. Marquette's Amal McCaskill stood open under the basket and could have scored the tying points. But teammate Roney Eford called a timeout.

The players went to the sideline to hear Deane's designs for a last-ditch play that didn't work. The coach was fuming.

"I guess that's one of those things I've taken for granted," Deane said. "In previous situations I've been in like that, the coaches called the timeouts."

Singing The Blues: DePaul had the opportunity to grab an early advantage in the league race. The Blue Demons opened conference play last weekend with games against Cincinnati and Memphis, picked to finish first and second, respectively, during the preseason. And DePaul had both games at home. …

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