travis12
Marquette lost to Dayton 89-75 on Saturday. It's certainly not a terrible loss for the Eagles, as it was a neutral court game. However, Dayton looked like a bubble team at best coming into the season and come tourney time this may be considered a "bad loss" in the eyes of the seeding committee. I didn't get to watch the game, but from the box scores it looks like poor shooting was a major culprit for Marquette. They shot just 39% to Dayton's 50%. Jerel McNeal scored 16 points, but went just 7 of 23 from the floor. Dominic James going 5 of 11 from the free throw lane certainly didn't help plus Lazar Hayward scored just 5 points before fouling out. I'm assuming he was in foul trouble most of the night. Wes Matthews continued his great start, scoring 28 points on 7 of 12 shooting (and 14 of 17 from the line) along with 8 rebounds. By the way, there was a great dunk in this one by a Dayton player who jumped over one of the Marquette guards for a slam (not sure if it was James or Acker or maybe Cubillan), it should be on ESPN I'd imagine.

A little bit of a hiccup for Marquette, but they should be able to bounce back against Central Michigan before the big one with Wisconsin. Early in the season like this with a veteran club and Wisconsin relatively young, I think Marquette has a slight edge especially being at home. Although I will be rooting for Wisconsin.
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quinnster10
Dayton downs Marquette 89-75, while Dayton is a solid team and if they stay healthy could upset a team or 2 in the NCAA tourney, but this is a game Marquette should have won.
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bb211
As a Badger fan, I worry that a loss like this will bring Marquette down to earth and regroup for a solid game against Wisconsin.

Hopefully this just means Marquette is more beatable than originally thought. [8D]
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Dayton will be in the thick of things in the A10. Looking at their schedule, this team will pile up a bunch of wins and will be at the dance in March.
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rodey
I don't agree with the "Dayton is a bubble team at best" comment.

They're a pretty sound team that I think is going to be in contention for the A-10 title this year and that's a conference that is turning into a good one. I can't say I'm surprised to see Dayton winning, but what is a bit surprising is that they won by 14.
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travis12
Rodey wrote:


I don't agree with the "Dayton is a bubble team at best" comment.

They're a pretty sound team that I think is going to be in contention for the A-10 title this year and that's a conference that is turning into a good one. I can't say I'm surprised to see Dayton winning, but what is a bit surprising is that they won by 14.


Not trying to get in a huge tiff, just letting you know where I was coming from on that comment.

Dayton is generally picked fourth in the A-10 from the previews I've seen. The A-10 hasn't gotten four teams in the tournament since 2004, which also happens to be the last time Dayton made the tournament. Also, Dayton lost their best player last year in Brian Roberts. They spent some time riding high last year, starting out 14-1 with wins over Pitt and Louisville, but stumbled home and finished just 8-8 in conference and settled for the NIT. Part of that can be attributed to the loss of Chris Wright to injury just before the conference schedule though. But seeing as how they didn't make the tournament last year and lose their best player I just think its hard to say they're an NCAA tournament team coming into this season. Xavier should win that league, although I think they'll be down slightly from last year with the losses of Drew Lavender, Stanley Burrell, and Josh Duncan. That's why I used the "bubble team" moniker for Dayton.
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wizzler
Dayton is certainly a good team, however this is an ugly loss for marquette. If you want to be considered a top team, you can't lose these games.

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