1. Commies and Question Marks Everywhere. Not only did little Joey McCarthy get his law degree at Marquette, the great Matthew Lesko attended Marquette undergrad. The question is, did he find a government grant to cover his bong water recycling program?

2. HarBoughs of Holly. Coach Tom Crean is married to the former Joani Harbaugh, sister of Jim. For the last few years, Tom's father-in-law Jack has served as associate athletic director of the Golden Eagles. Harbaugh the elder has had great success as a football coach, yet Marquette has no football team. Dots. Connected.

3. Slump Buster Needed. Last year, Marquette was led by senior Steve Novak and freshman point guard Dominic James. With Novak now getting tushy slivers in the NBA, most thought the Big East Rookie of the Year James would take over the team. Instead, he has found the depths of a sophomore slump. Fellow sophomore guards Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews have stepped up and begun to shine, as has power forward Ousmane Barro. With the impending pressure of the NCAA tourney, however, James must shake off this slump or the Eagles will be extinct. — Brian Saperstein