Marquette Opens Road Trip At No. 9/9 Georgetown Wednesday Night
Jan. 2, 2012
TV Info: ESPNU (Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis)
Radio Info: 540 ESPN (Steve True & Jim McIlvaine)
The No. 20/20 Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) hits the road for a pair of BIG EAST Conference matchups against nationally ranked opponents this week, starting with a Jan. 4 encounter at No. 9/9 Georgetown (12-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) at 6 p.m. CT. ESPNU will feature Marquette’s eighth national broadcast of the season, with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday night’s action against the Hoyas, MU will travel to No. 1/1 Syracuse on Jan. 7.
Johnson-Odom Paces Squad In League Opener
The Golden Eagles are now 16-7 all-time in conference openers, thanks in large part to the efforts of senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom in Sunday’s victory over Villanova.
The Raleigh, N.C., native led all scorers with a season-best matching 24 points, 18 of which came prior to halftime. Johnson-Odom finished 6-of-9 from the field in the first half, including a 3-of-3 effort from behind the 3-point line. The point total marked a season high by an MU player prior to the intermission, surpassing Jae Crowder’s 17 points versus Mississippi.
Marquette is now 5-2 in BIG EAST Conference lidlifters since joining the league in 2005-06. That total includes New Year’s Day victories in each of the past two seasons. The Golden Eagles also downed West Virginia 79-74 on the first day of the year in 2011 in the Bradley Center. MU is looking to begin the conference slate 2-0 for the second-straight season.
Gardner Puts In Starter’s Production Off The Bench
Sophomore forward Davante Gardner, who had started the previous five outings following an injury to center Chris Otule, came off the bench in the win over Villanova and collected a performance associated with a member of the starting lineup.
The Suffolk, Va., native finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. He shot 6-of-9 from the field in just 23 minutes and six of his rebounds came at the offensive end of the court. The 10 boards marked a personal best and he also created a career-high three steals.
For the season, Gardner is averaging 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in field goal (.586) and free throw (.771) percentage.
Jamil Wilson Responds In First Career Start
Redshirt sophomore Jamil Wilson earned his first career start with the Golden Eagles in the victory over Villanova and reached double figures in points for the second time this season.
In a personal-best 31 minutes of action, the Racine, Wis., native chipped in 11 points, three rebounds, three steals, one block and an assist. His 11 points matched a personal high in 2011-12, which he also netted versus Northern Colorado on Dec. 17.
Wilson has seen increased action following the Dec. 3 injury to center Chris Otule and had been serving primarily as Davante Gardner’s backup the past five games.
Cadougan Lends Helping Hand In Win Over Villanova
Guard Junior Cadougan is ranked among the league leaders in assists (5th, 5.23 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (5th, 2.34), but had collected just one assist in each of the three games previous to the league opener against Villanova.
The Toronto, Ontario, native finished with six assists and just one turnover in the victory over the Wildcats in 28 minutes of action. Cadougan also chipped in six points and two steals.
Cadougan’s offensive struggles mirrored those of the team’s in the previous three outings. He had a total of just three assists and Marquette’s offensive attack as a whole averaged just 60.0 points per game after scoring 84.0 points per contest in the first 10 contests of the campaign.