Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Few Men's Basketball Things

In the midst of working on a bunch of season wrapup stuff that will appear on the main site over the next few weeks, I did want to drop in a few additional men's basketball notes here on the blog.

First, in case you missed it, here is Rob Jeter's take on Butler as it heads to the Final Four.

Next, I've been doing a bunch of record updating and one of the things of note this year would be the freshmen-year records, which we've been working on putting together. Actually, we're in the midst of getting year-specific records together for freshmen-seniors, both for season marks and single-game marks. I'll put all of those supplemental records on the main site when they are complete.

But, on the freshmen front, Ja'Rob McCallum's 241 points are now fourth on the post-1990 freshmen list, and his 42.3 percent shooting clip from three-point range tops that list. He is also fifth in three-pointers made (44). Lonnie Boga is now first and McCallum second on the games played list, with Lonnie having played in all 34 games and Ja'Rob in 31.

Finally, a quick look at the schedule for next year - based on signed contracts - has Marquette, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Iowa all coming to Milwaukee. UNI and UWM will actually be starting a four-year series. You'll recall the two Panther squads played a home-and-home in 06-07 and 07-08, with UWM playing in the first-ever game in UNI's new arena. The two schools took a couple of years off with the full intention of restarting the series when schedules allowed, and now that series will resume for the next four years. The two coaching staffs have an excellent relationship that actually dates back to when Greg McDermott was still at UNI.