Tales from the Marquette Hardwood

Tales from the Marquette Hardwood

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Marquette University Men's Basketball has a long and storied tradition. Tales of Marquette Basketball takes a look at the high, and low points from McGuire to Crean and everything in between by weaving personal interviews with many great Marquette players and coaches including Hank Raymonds, Rick Majerus, Mike Deane, Tom Crean, Glenn 'Doc' Rivers, Jim Mcllvaine, Travis Diener and Tony Smith as they give insight to memorable moments, both on and off the court. Under the colorful Coach Al McGuire, Marquette University basketball flourished as one of the top collegiate programs in the country. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the qsuper salesmanq made successful pitches to some of America's finest young players. These young men experienced an entirely different way of life. But the life lessons they learned from Al prepared them for success-in the basketball arena-and beyond. Behind the scenes stories, based on numerous interviews, will help give unique insight to this mesmerizing personality. Of course, the focal point is that qmagic carpet rideq to the 1977 NCAA Championship! Many observers wondered if the once proud Marquette program would ever again approach the standards set by Al McGuire. Exit Bob Dukiet, enter Kevin O'Neill, in 1989. The ultra intense assistant coach at Arizona used salty language, but in his fifth season at the helm, qK.O.q took Marquette to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen. In his fourth season, Crean and All-American Dwyane Wade led Marquette to the Conference USA championship and a return to the Final Four! Somehow, the Marquette program had come full circle. Before his death, Al McGuire spent hours just talking with Tom Crean. In some ways, Al became the father Tomnever had. We hope you enjoy these Tales of Marquette Basketball.Thompson: aquot;I guess the best thing you can say about our relationship is that we hang out when wea#39;re not on the air. ... To me, I dona#39;t want the analyst to tell me how tall somebody is or how many points they score. ... of Bob Dukiet [a former MU coach]; you could have had Eddie Doucette [the former Bucks play-by-play announcer] doing the games, ... To be here when Dwyane Wade was here was lucky.

Title:Tales from the Marquette Hardwood
Author:Tom Pipines, Mike Neufeldt
Publisher:Sports Publishing LLC - 2005-01


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