Marquette coach Buzz Williams was tagged with his first technical foul of the season Monday in the Golden Eagles' 63-55 loss at Georgetown.
He picked up the technical foul with Marquette down 37-34. Georgetown scored eight of the next nine points, and that was pretty much that.
So Williams was naturally asked about whether his outburst arguing about an out-of-bounds call altered the game.
The droll reply? Priceless.
"I was trying to get my average up on technicals," Williams said. "This is my 162nd game in the Big East and I'm averaging one every 50 games. So I felt like I needed to get one because I haven't had one in two years. That was my fifth technical since I've been here. I think any time you get a technical, it's a bad time."
For what it's worth, it was Williams' 164th game at Marquette (maybe he's blocked out losing to DePaul in 2010 and some other random game). And that would make it closer to a technical one every 30 games rather than 50.
But why quibble?
(As an aside, here's Williams talking about getting T'd up last year against Villanova by James Breeding).
In some ways, the technical was a bit overdo on this night. Williams sauntered out to midcourt to call a timeout in the first half, which was an unorthodox approach to say the least.
Eventually, he gabbed enough and referee Bryan Kersey had heard enough.
"I don't know," Williams said. "If you average one technical per year in a BCS league, I think you're probably doing OK. I think we have the best officials in the country. I was just hollering at somebody that would respond. We can make a big deal out of it if you want. I got a technical. I'm sorry. I may get a technical again next year. That's my average. It'll probably be on the road. If you want me to, I can tell you who has given me the technicals. I've gotten five technicals, three by one guy and one by one guy and one by another guy. That's a pretty good ratio."
--- Patrick Stevens