When a player has a history like Todd Mayo's, it's easy to jump to conclusions when he doesn't appear in a game or finds himself getting sporadic minutes.
After playing a total of 17 minutes in Marquette's last three games including not at all against Providence Mayo got in early, played 21 minutes and had his best game of the season in Wednesday's win over South Florida.
For Marquette coach Buzz Williams, the reason Mayo played more and performed better was simple: He practiced better and earned his time on the floor.
"When I was a kid growing up, maybe I was brought up the wrong way, but I always thought you get what you deserve," Williams said Thursday on the Big East conference call. "And you get what you earn in life.
"I think sometimes with all the social media and all the bloggers, everybody thinks you are just supposed to get everything and you don't have to earn it anymore, you don't have to deserve it anymore and it's just handed to you. I don't believe in that as a dad,...