MILWAUKEE - Dominic James scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures and 13th-ranked Marquette shot 54.1 percent from the field in a 100-65 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Friday night at the Bradley Center.
The Golden Eagles (5-1) made 8-of-17 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes and then went inside to make 21-of-31 from inside the arc in the second half.
Ricky Franklin scored 14 points and Deion James added 10 for Milwaukee (3-4), which shot just 32.3 percent from the field in the second half as the deficit grew steadily.
As usual, the 2007-08 college basketball season will kick off with a slate of early season, made for-TV tournaments, and once again one of the best among them will be the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Five of this year’s eight team field have been to the Final Four in the last four years: Marquette (2003), Duke and Oklahoma State (2004), Illinois (2005) and LSU (2006). Two of them (Duke and Marquette) will begin their new campaign ranked in the Top 10 nationally.
After a lengthy delay, I finally present the Top 30 players in the Big East. The ranking is expanded from the Top 25 due to size of the monstrous 16-team league. The Big East's Top 5 might not be as good as some other BCS leagues, but no conference comes close in terms of the overall talent pool
1. Dominic James, PG, Marquette - Coming off a down year, James will be playing for his NBA career
2. Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown - Improving big man gives Hoyas a unique presence down low
As the end of the regular season winds down and teams across the country assess their chances of being invited to the NCAA’s version of the Royal Ball, a number of Big East teams find themselves facing an uncertain future. Georgetown and Pittsburgh earned their dance card long ago, while Louisville and Notre Dame, with some recent impressive victories, are also assured of joining the conference leaders. However, six other Big East teams are vying for anywhere from two to four slots that could potentially go to league members.
How can D-1 level athletes who work on their game probably seven days a week for 12 months a year and have some of the top coaching in the country shoot such poor percentages on 15-foot, undefended shots? It boggles the mind.