Tuesday , Mar , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Marquette’s McNeal done for season

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The No. 18 Marquette Golden Eagles’ hopes
for an impressive run in the upcoming NCAA Tournament sustained a severe hit
on Tuesday, with a Milwaukee newspaper reporting that guard Jerel McNeal, the
team’s leading scorer, will miss the tourney with a right thumb injury.

McNeal suffered the injury during practice before Marquette’s regular-season
finale. Marquette won that game, 75-71, over the 13th-ranked Pittsburgh
Panthers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Tuesday that Golden Eagles head
coach Tom Crean had confirmed that McNeal’s thumb injury will keep him out for
the duration of the tournament.

McNeal has averaged 14.7 points per game for the Golden Eagles this season.

Marquette meets ninth-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA
tournament on Thursday, with the winner likely to play top-seeded North
Carolina in the second round.

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