MARQUETTE MADNESS

Marquette fans… are you ready for a new and exciting interactive tournament? With the help of some friends and fellow posters on the Marquettehoops.com message boards, we have decided to host a March Madness-style tournament game with some of the best players to ever play for Marquette, appropriately dubbed "Marquette Madness".

Marquette fans… are you ready for a new and exciting interactive tournament? With the help of some friends and fellow posters on the Marquettehoops.com message boards, we have decided to host a March Madness-style tournament game with some of the best players to ever play for Marquette, appropriately dubbed "Marquette Madness".

The set-up for this tournament should be very familiar to anyone who has ever watched March Madness. Many players were considered, but only those deemed worthy of being considered one of the "top 65 all-time" in the modern era of Marquette basketball were given a seed. The tournament bracket has been broken into four regions, and seeded 1 – 16, very reminiscent of the NCAA Tournament's bracket. Each "game" will pit two players against each other. It is up to you to vote on which player of the two matched together had more of an impact on MU hoops. A number of criteria should of course be considered--this aspect will be discussed shortly--but what will make this particularly fun is that opinions SHOULD and WILL vary, as this is purposely a very subjective task. What a great way to discuss Marquette's glorious basketball history and the players whom we've loved to watch over the years!

All you need to do in order to participate in this tournament and the inevitable discussions is sign up for a free membership to the Marquettehoops.com website (if you have not done so already) and cast your vote for your favorite Marquette players. Fun, simple, easy, and a wonderful way to get some meaningful hoops talk in as we approach the 2004-2005 season.

The brackets will be released later this week (the week of September 13th), starting with the "play-in" game this Friday. The round of 64 will then start on Monday, September 20th, and voting will open on a number of games every three days or so, until we've whittled down the competition from 65 to 32 to the Sweet 16, to the Elite Eight, to the Final Four, and finally, YOU will crown the greatest player in Marquette history.

An early note on the seedings: As mentioned, we have broken the field down into four regions-- the Crean, Cords, Raymonds and McGuire regions. (You may also recognize the "game venues" as famous or even infamous Marquette establishments.) Players from various eras were mixed up among the regions, so players typically will not be matched up against others from the same era until later rounds. The most interesting matchups were provided whenever possible. Of course, in doing so, sometimes a player may have been ranked a bit too low or a bit too high. That's what the voting is for, and that should create much discussion, especially among the grizzled veterans among us.

The criteria used to rank the players should also be considered when you are selecting one player over another in their respective games.

• Impact the player had on Marquette hoops, both when playing and long term;
• Awards the player won;
• Strength of the teams the player belonged to;
• Individual statistics;
• On court team success during player's tenure;
• Length of playing tenure;
• Overall talent and on court worth of the player ("intangibles")
• (Player has to have played from at Marquette from 1950-present.)

Once again, it is FULLY EXPECTED that people will disagree with some of the seedings. The seedings were completed after extensive research and some revisions from various posters, and they are sure to produce some interesting discussions. The subjective nature of this tournament will garner vigorous debate among the various posters of these message boards, and that is the goal. If you don't like the rankings-- VOTE THE WAY YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE, and by all means, state your case and convince others you are right. Healthy debates should ensue as a result of people's varying opinions.

As we go through the voting process, the feats and contributions of each player will be briefly summarized --with the help of the Marquette media guide and many of you -- so that those of you who are younger or who have not followed MU basketball for decades can fully understand what all of these players have meant to YOUR program!

Finally, thanks must go out to IWB, Gato and The Reptile for the fine work they did in helping with the initial seedings, dealing with the logistics so that this game could go from good idea to reality, and masterfully creating the excellent HTML bracket that will be coming out later this week.

This tournament should be fun, keep it clean and let the games begin!

Enjoy – MU Viking


To start the early discussions, look for the list of players that are considered to be "on the bubble" for the Field of 65.



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