Marquette Travels To Providence Wednesday Night

Jan. 2, 2018

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (10-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) opens a two-game road swing at Providence (10-5, 1-1 BIG EAST) on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. CT. CBS Sports Network will feature the team’s 14th national television broadcast of the campaign, with John Sadak (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jon Rothstein (reporter) calling the action from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Following Wednesday’s action, the Golden Eagles will remain on the East coast until Saturday’s matchup at No. 3 Villanova at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia before returning to Milwaukee.

Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963

While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 24 games (Marquette leads 16-8), the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.

The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2017
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MU drops 73-69 heart-breaker at Providence
Marquette surrendered a 12-point second half lead in a 73-69 loss to Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

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.

The Friars swept the season series in 2016-17 with a pair of notable results. PC claimed its first-ever win in Milwaukee on Jan. 28, 2017 with a 79-78 decision and was able to earn a 73-69 victory at home on Feb. 25, 2017 in a game that was hampered by condensation issues on the playing surface.

News & Notes: Scoring Trio Key To Team Success

  • Marquette connected on 13 3-pointers against Georgetown, the 11th time in 14 outings the team has reached double figures in that category.
  • Andrew Rowsey (22.4 ppg.), Markus Howard (20.5 ppg.) and Sam Hauser (14.4 ppg.) combine to produce 69.4 percent (57.3-of-82.6) of Marquette’s offensive attack. Rowsey and Howard have reached double figures in every outing in 2017-18.
  • MU outlasted Georgetown 74-65 despite not scoring a two-point basket in the second half vs. the Hoyas. Marquette netted 40 points following intermission on eight 3-pointers and a 16-of-20 effort from the charity stripe. The team was 0-of-11 from inside the line over the course of the final 20 minutes. u 3-of-4 losses have come to nationally ranked teams (19/21 Purdue, 6/6 Wichita State and 6/5 Xavier).
  • Markus Howard, who is a perfect 38-of-38 from the free throw line in 2017-18, has made 47-straight charity tosses dating back to last season’s home finale against Creighton on March 4. Among players who meet the NCAA statistical minimum (2.5 made per game), only Howard and Fletcher Magee of Wofford (33-of-33) have yet to miss this year.
  • Marquette features the league’s top two scorers through games of Jan. 1. Rowsey is first at 22.4 points per contest (13th in nation) and Howard checks in second at 20.5 points per outings (38th in nation).

Cain Earns League Honors For First Time

Freshman Jamal Cain was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the first time after a strong start to the conference season, the league office announced Jan. 2.

The Pontiac, Michigan, native averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in outings against Xavier and Georgetown. He combined to shoot 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the floor overall and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from behind the 3-point line.

His week was highlighted by a personal-best 16 points against Nov. 6/5 Xavier, when he knocked down 4-of-6 from long distance. After making six 3-pointers in the team’s first 12 outings, he has made six in the last two games.

Anim Contributes At Both Ends In Latest Victory

Sophomore forward Sacar Anim was a key contributer at both ends of the court in Marquette’s win over Georgetown.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native finished with seven points, eight rebounds (one short of career high), a personal-best five assists and two steals in 32 minutes of action. Three of his rebounds came at the offensive end and he led the roster in boards for just the second time this season.

While a majority of his efforts were documented in the box score, he was also a key part of Marquette’s defensive effort that held the Hoyas to just 35.0 percent from the floor in the first half and 31.3 percent from long distance for the game.

Anim redshirted in 2016-17 after playing in 19 games off the bench in 2015-16.


 

 

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