We'll have more in the morning, but, for now, the highlights:
- Survived. Advanced. Those are the two most important things moving forward.
- Jimmy Butler messed around and almost got himself a triple-double tonight: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists.* Alas, because he didn't collect those last two dimes, Josh Gasser remains the only college player in Wisconsin to put up a triple-double this year. But Josh Gasser is probably a seraphim, so, you know ...
- ANYWAY, back to teams that matter: JFB also cemented his status as The Marshon Killer, as he held Providence's first-team All Big East player to 20 points on 7-18 shooting. For the season, then, Brooks scored 37 points with Jimmy guarding him. For point of reference: Brooks scored 35 against Notre Dame in one half.
- God, I'm going to miss Jimmy.
- Darius Johnson-Odom wasn't gun shy tonight, putting up eight points in the blink of an eye and forcing Keno Davis to call one of his three first-half timeouts. DJO kept gunnin' for the duration, finishing with 17 attempts, including six from three-point land, en route to a team-high 23 points.* KEEP. SHOOTING. DARIUS.
- Vander Blue started skittish but finished with a flourish, collecting seven rebounds (three on offense) and hitting a couple of layups.* If we're going to do anything going forward, we'll need efforts like that. Good on ya, Vander.
- Erik Williams and Jamail Jones: welcome to the show.*
- If one of the goals of the now-infamous Closed Door Meeting of 2011 was to find Jae Crowder's game, it worked. The Absolut Weapon had 10 points, hit a triple, grabbed four boards, and even dished out two assists. Solid bounce back after the disaster at Seton Hall.*
- The numbers tonight are gaudy: a 49-31 rebounding advantage (including 17 offensive boards), 20 assists on 32 made buckets, just 11 turnovers in a fast-paced game, 27 trips to the free throw line, seven steals ... all of which brings us to this:
You may have noticed the asterisks above. Why asterisks, you ask? Because I couldn't find a small enough JPEG of Keno Davis's face.
Let's keep in mind the lesson we should have learned after Providence: Round One a week-and-a-half ago: that team is a white hot mess, playing out the string for a coach who's going to be sent packing as soon as tomorrow (could it be any sooner?). Don't make the mistake I did and try to divine any deeper meaning from this game, because the long and short of it is this: Marquette seal-clubbed a bad team. Celebrate it for 40 more minutes, then delete the program and move on.
The real work starts tomorrow with Huggy Bear and the 'Eers. Same time, same channel.