Marquette heading into Florida matchup with distraction


Marquette’s second straight trip to the Sweet 16 hasn’t gotten off to the best start.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that six Marquette players were ticketed for being underage at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub. The incident took place on Jan. 29, though the tickets weren’t served until March 12.

Players involved included Todd Mayo, 20, a freshman guard  (and younger brother of Memphis Grizzles guard O.J. Mayo) ; Vander Blue, 19, a sophomore guard; Jamail Jones, 19, a sophomore forward; Juan Anderson, 18, a freshman forward; Derrick Wilson, 20, a freshman guard; and Jake Thomas, 20, a junior guard.

Marquette athletic director Larry Williams said discipline was handled internally at the time of the incident and that all six players will play Thursday against the Gators.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams offered a terse opening statement about the incident in his Tuesday news conference before heading to Phoenix.

“That was handled Jan. 29 with our team, it was a Sunday morning, it was handled by our administration Jan. 30,” Williams said. “Some of the commentary, some of the quotes, some of the dates, not sure how all of that matches up. But I’ll do my absolute best to figure out how that’s played itself out.”