Marquette Hosts Providence Saturday At 1 p.m. CT
Jan. 1, 2015
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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (8-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) opens the home portion of its BIG EAST Conference schedule on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes Providence (11-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Greg Kelser (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will hit the road to face No. 25 Georgetown on Jan. 6 before enjoying the first of two bye dates during the league schedule.
Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963
While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 18 games, the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 13-5 and have claimed 10 of the last 11 outings. The team’s last matchup (March 4, 2014) with the Friars resulted in an 81-80 double overtime victory for PC on a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in Providence. The Golden Eagles, who had claimed the previous 10 meetings, had three players (Todd Mayo, Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner) finish with double-doubles.
The two programs first met in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the result was a 70-64 victory by PC. The teams would cross paths four years later in the same event and a slim 81-80 Marquette overtime win helped the squad to a runner-up finish under head coach Al McGuire. Providence ended MU’s run in the 1997 NCAA tournament with an 81-59 victory in Charlotte, N.C.
Marquette Has Enjoyed BIG EAST Success
Marquette has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in BIG EAST Conference action since joining the league in 2005-06, highlighted by a share of the regular-season title in 2012-13.
The Golden Eagles own an overall record of 100-59 (.629) in nine years of BIG EAST competition and are the only program to finish with a .500-or-better record in each of those campaigns. Of the 10 programs currently in the league, none can match Marquette’s win total since 2005-06.
MU is 6-4 overall in BIG EAST lidlifters, with each of the four losses coming on the road. The team is 4-6 in its conference openers on the road, including a loss on New Year’s Eve last season at Creighton, and 7-2 in its first home BIG EAST matchup of each respective year.
Offense Struggles In Setback at DePaul In League Opener
The Golden Eagles saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 61-58 loss at DePaul Wednesday night in the BIG EAST opener.
While the defensive effort limited the Blue Demons to just 61 points and 40.4 percent shooting from the field, the squad’s offensive production came up short and allowed DePaul to rally from a 13-point second-half deficit. Marquette shot just 38.6 percent from the field overall, including a 3-of-23 (13.0 percent) effort from behind the 3-point line.
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