Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Providence
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Barro's big night leads Marquette to 73-69 victory over No. 24 UConn.
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2008-09 Season Notes: Associated Press Second Team All-America selection ... named MU's most valuable player ... also claimed the Golden Eagle Toughness Award ... ranks first all-time at Marquette in points (1,985), steals (287) and games played (130) ... First Team All-BIG EAST selection .... Tabbed first team All-American by Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com and second team All-American by Sporting News ... One of 24 players named as a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award ... One of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award ... Named to the Naismith Trophy watch list ... 2009 Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist ... Selected as USBWA District 5 Player of the Year and was a first team All-District 5 selection ... Named to NABC District 5 first team ... Earned Preseason All-BIG EAST honors ... Became sixth player in MU history to tally over 1,500 points and 500 rebounds ... Tallied 20 points and five assists vs. Houston Baptist (11/14) ... Netted 17 points with six assists vs. Chicago State (11/17) ... Recorded 22 points and five steals vs. Milwaukee (11/22) ... Hit four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, five assists, four steals and a season-high eight rebounds vs. Texas Southern (11/25) ... Tallied 16 points and six rebounds vs. Dayton (11/29) ... Named to the Chicago Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 16.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, in addition to 17 assists and eight steals in four games ... Finished with 14 points and five asssits vs. Central Michigan (12/2) ... Shot 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the field and netted 19 of his 26 points in the second half in a 61-58 win over Wisconsin; scored 14 straight points in the second half for MU and finished with seven boards ... Garnered his first BIG EAST Player of the Week nod of the season on Dec. 8 ... Added 16 points vs. IPFW (12/13) ... Made five three-pointers and finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists vs. Western Carolina (12/19) ... Scored a team-high 20 points with four steals and two blocks vs. NC State (12/22) ... Handed out seven assists and scored a game-high 24 points to lead MU past Villnova (1/1/09) ... Scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, including 7-of-7 (100.0 percent) from beyond the arc to set a new MU record for single-game 3-point percentage vs. Cincinnati (1/4) Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 5 ... Notched 14 of his 16 points in the second half, while going 7-of-8 from the foul line vs. Rutgers (1/7) ... Scored a game-high 26 points vs. West Virginia (1/10), in addition to seven rebounds and three steals while playing all 40 minutes ... Chipped in 25 points and six assists vs. Providence (1/17) ... Tallied a game-high 21 points and season-high six steals vs. DePaul (1/24) ... Poured in a team- and personal season-high 27 points at Notre Dame (1/26) ... Notched his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 assists -- both game highs -- and added six rebounds, five steals and three blocks vs. Georgetown (1/31) ... Named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the third time this season on Feb. 2 ... Scored 26 points and recorded six assists, five steals and a career-high four blocks at DePaul (2/3) ... Scored a game-high 22 points at USF (2/6) ... Netted a team-high 23 points with seven assists at Villanova (2/10); passed George Thompson on MU's all-time scoring list with his 3-pointer at the 6:12 mark of the second half vs. VU ... Registered 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals vs. St. John's (2/14) ... Had 13 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals vs. Seton Hall (2/17) ... Posted 22 points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists at Georgetown (2/21) ... Netted 21 points in the second half vs. UConn (2/5) and settled for a team-high 26 points ... Scored a game-high 23 points at Pittsburgh (3/4) ... Tallied a game-high 25 points vs. Syracuse (3/7) ... Had a game-high four assists and added 11 points vs. St. John's (3/11) ... Scored 15 points with a team-high five assists vs. Villanova (3/12) ... Went 7-of-9 from the foul line and finished with 14 points vs. Utah State (3/20) ... Matched a caeer high with 30 points vs. Missouri (3/22) while shooting 13-of-15 from the foul line, setting new personal highs in free throws attempted and free throws made; also tallied five rebounds and game-high four assists against the Tigers ... earned fourth letter.
2007-08 Season Notes: All-BIG EAST Second Team ... NABC District 11 Second Team ... claimed MU's Deflection King Award, Olouma Nnamaka Consistency Award and Most Valuable Player Award ... Ranked 30th in the nation in steals per game (2.2) .... finished among the league leaders in scoring (14th, 14.9), assists (14th, 3.54 apg.) and steals (2nd, 2.17 spg.) ... One of two players to start all 35 games ... Led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from field and tallied four rebounds and three steals vs. IUPUI (11/10) ... Scored seven points and recorded two steals in addition to a season-high nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, vs. Utah Valley (11/12) ... Registered a career-high 10 field goals in 14 attempts to score a season-high 22 points vs. Chaminade (11/19) ... Poured in 20 points, including five rebounds vs. Oklahoma State (11/20) ... Scored 11 points vs. Duke (11/21) ... Named to Maui Invitational All-Tournament team ... Earned BIG EAST Honor Roll recognition (11/26) ... His 10 assists tied a career-high vs. UW-Milwaukee (11/30), in addition to scoring 16 points with five rebounds ... Garnered five steals while scoring 14 points vs. Wisconsin (12/8) ... Scored team-high 13 points vs. Sacramento State (12/15) ... Grabbed seven rebounds vs. IPFW (12/17) ... Shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 7-of-8 from foul line vs. Coppin St. (12/21) and tied game highs with 18 points and six rebounds, including six assists and three steals ... Posted nine assists and three steals, both team highs, vs. Providence (1/3) ... Netted 14 points and seven rebounds, both team highs, and matched a career high with three blocks vs. Seton Hall (1/8) ... Recorded 14 of his team-high 18 points in second half vs. Notre Dame (1/12) ... Earned BIG EAST Honor Roll for second time this season on Jan. 14 ... Scored 16 points vs. Louisville (1/17) ... Became 39th MU player to reach 1,000 career points with his first free throw with 4:23 remaining in the first half vs. DePaul (1/26) and finished with 15 points ... Dished out a game-high seven assists without a turnover and added 13 points vs. Cincinnati (2/2) ... Played a season-high 36 minutes vs. Notre Dame (2/8) and scored 10 points with five rebounds and five assists ... Scored 14 points at Seton Hall (2/12) ... Recorded a team-high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting vs. Pittsburgh (2/15) ... Led MU with 20 points and seven rebounds vs. St. John's (2/20) ... Scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and posted a game-high seven rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and five steals vs. Rutgers (2/23) ... Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for second time this season (2/25) ... Had 14 points and five assists vs. Villanova (2/25) ... Scored 17 points and added a team-high eight rebounds and six assists and a season-high six steals vs. Georgetown (3/1) ... Recorded a game-high 22 points and six rebounds vs. Syracuse (3/8) ... Led squad with a game-high 21 points and matched a season-high with nine rebounds vs. Seton Hall (3/12) ... Shot 9-of-16 and made four 3-pointers to score a career-high 28 points vs. Notre Dame (3/13) ... Was 7-of-12 from the field and scored 17 points with three steals vs. Pittsburgh (3/14) ... Named to all-tournament team of the BIG EAST Championship ... Dropped in 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting vs. Kentucky (3/20) ... Scored nine of MU's 10 points in overtime and netted a career-high 30 points on 13-of-25 shooting, inlcuding four 3-pointers and eight rebounds, vs. Stanford (3/22) ... Concluded the year averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game ... Earned third letter. 2006-07 Season Notes: Named to BIG EAST All-Conference Second Team ... named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... named to Rivals.com All-Defensive First Team ... named to CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America Team ... named to NABC Division I All-District Second Team ... named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Dec. 27) ... named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 29) ... recorded 76 assists, fifth most in Marquette single-season history ... played 35 minutes, making 7-of-22 field goals and 5-of-7 free throws for a team-high 19 points against Hillsdale Coll. (Nov. 10) ... also grabbed a team-high seven boards against Hillsdale ... set a CBE Classic record with six steals against Idaho State (Nov. 13), a record he later tied against Duke (Nov. 21) ... had 19 points against Texas Tech and 17 against Duke and was named a member of the CBE Classic All-Tournament Team ... was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for his efforts against Texas Tech and Duke ... tallied 10 points in victory over Valparaiso (Nov. 27) ... had 13 points against Northwestern State (Dec. 1) ... scored a team-high 16 points, going 8-for-17 from the field, and set a career-high with seven steals vs. North Dakota State (Dec. 2) ... scored a game-high 16 points, had four assists and four steals in win over Delaware State (Dec. 5) ... went 6-for-11 from the field and connected on 4-of-6 shots from the line for 16 points, five rebounds and a team-best four assists vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 9) ... scored 15 points, including a career-best nine from beyond the ark, vs. UMBC (Dec. 16) ... against Oakland (Dec. 19), was 6-for-9 from the field and 5-for-7 from the line, scoring 17 points with six steal, five rebounds and four assists ... scored a career high 25 points and had seven assists against Morgan State (Dec. 22) ... after missing one game with a concussion, returned to lead the team with 16 points and five steals vs. Syracuse (Jan. 7) ... connected on nine of 13 attempts from the free throw line en route to scoring a team-high 19 points at Connecticut (Jan. 10) ... in 25 minutes vs. West Virginia (Jan. 13), scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists ... had seven assists and scored 15 points against Louisville (Jan. 15) ... recorded his first double-double of the season, tallying a career-high 10 assists while scoring 22 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 24) ... also grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals ... tallied 13 points, including game-winning layup with no time remaining on the clock against USF (Jan. 28) ... recorded second double-double of his career, scoring 18 points and matching a career high with 12 rebounds against Providence (Feb. 3) ... scored 16 points at DePaul (Feb. 14) ... against Louisville, (Feb. 17), tallied a game-high 18 points and matched a career high for three's made in a game (3) and minutes played (37) ... scored 15 points and had seven rebounds against Villanova (Feb. 19) ... went 8-for-11 from the free throw line, scoring 16 points against Notre Dame (Feb. 24).
2005-06 Notes: Named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team ... One of three Marquette players to start in every game this season ... Averaged 11.1 points per game - third on the team - and a team second best, 4.5 rebounds per game ... Led the team in steals with 64 and passed Doc Rivers for the freshman season steals record ... When McNeal scored 10 or more points, Marquette was 14-7 this season ... Scored 14 points in collegiate debut, shooting 5-of-7 from the floor against Rice (Nov. 18) ... Grabbed 10 rebounds in first two games to lead team in that category ... Was a Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament selection after tallying 30 points, including 15 points against Eastern Washington (Nov. 23), and 12 rebounds in three games ... Converted all nine of his free throw attempts in three games ... Earned the Golden Eagles' second BIG EAST Rookie of the Week Selection on Nov. 27 ... Was perfect from the free throw line for the fourth consecutive game making all five of his attepmts at Nebraska (Nov. 30) ... scored a team high 12 points against Valparaiso (Dec. 7), his first double-figure scoring performance since Eastern Washington ... Topped his previous career best 15 points with 18 points against Oakland (Dec. 19) ... scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, setting a season best for a Marquette individual ... grabbed seven rebounds against Oakland and dished five assists ... Was one of three players to score in double figures contributing 10 points against Delaware State (Dec. 22) ... Scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game with 11 points against Lewis (Dec. 28) ... Recorded a career night against no. 2 Connecticut (Jan. 3) with his first career double double topping his previous career highs with 19 points and 12 rebounds - eight of those boards in the first half ... topped his career high field goal attempts against Conncecticut with 22 ... contributed 16 points against Cincinnati (Jan. 7) ... Played a season high 37 minutes at Seton Hall (Jan. 11) ... One of four Golden Eagles to score in double figures, posting 11 points at DePaul (Jan. 17) ... topped his career high five assists with seven at DePaul ... Accounted for three of Marquette's season high 10 blocks against Notre Dame (Jan. 20) ... His three blocks were a career high as well as his five steals, topping his previous mark of four against South Dakota State ... led the Golden Eagles rebounding effort against DePaul (Jan. 25), grabbing seven ... attempted 15 shots from the field against DePaul for his third game of the season to record 15 or more shots ... After a three game drought of not converting from the charity stripe, he sunk 3-of-4 free throws against St. John's ... Led the Golden Eagles rebounding effort with eight, his most in nine games at Villanova (Feb. 4) ... Was perfect from the free throw line for the eighth time this season making all five of his attempts at Rutgers (Feb. 12) ... one of three Golden Eagles to score in double figures in four consecutive games (St. John's, Villanova, Rutgers, and Georgetown) ... was one of four Marquette players to score in double figures at Louisville (March 1) contributing 10 points ... made five of six free throws against Providence (March 4) his first trip to the charity stripe in two games ... was one of three Golden Eagles to score in double figures against Georgetown (March 9) adding 10 points ... Averaged 10.8 points in the last four games of the season.
High School: Led Hillcrest to the sectional final during his senior season by averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 4.0 assists... Named a third team all-american by Parade Magazine... Ranked as the state of Illinois' top senior by the Illinois Prep Bullseye... Named first team all-state by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times... Played for the East Squad in the 2005 Roundball Classic held at the United Center in Chicago. Personal: Born June 1, 1987...son of Edward and Merlyn McNeal...has one brother and one sister, Jeremy and January...majors in communications studies ... on track to graduate in the Spring.