Marquette Travels To No. 8/9 Providence Tuesday Night
Jan. 4, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (10-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) continues its two-game road swing at nationally ranked Providence (14-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. CT at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. FS1 will feature the team's 13th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action.
Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963
While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 20 games, the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.
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 Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 14-6 and have claimed 11 of the last 13 outings. Marquette, which is 9-0 at home all-time against the Friars, owns a 3-4 mark on the road in the series. The two programs have split four neutral-site matchups.
The teams split the home-and-home series in 2014-15, with each squad winning on it's respective home court. The Golden Eagles posted a 75-66 win at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 3 and the Friars returned the favor with a 77-66 win on March 1 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. In the most recent outing, guard Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino combined for 43 points, but a late MU rally came up short.
Freshmen Learning On The Job In BIG EAST Play
The Golden Eagles have featured three freshmen in the starting lineup for a majority of the season in 2015-16 and while the group has encountered success in non-conference play, it has had to learn on the job very quickly in BIG EAST Conference play.
Through the team's first two league outings, MU's first-year players are accounting for 41.5 percent (166-of-400) of the team's total minutes. Forward Henry Ellenson leads the way with 36.0 minutes per game and Haanif Cheatham (29.5 mpg.) and Traci Carter (16.0 mpg.) combine to collect a majority of the playing time.
Of the 10 teams in the league, only St. John's (45.5 percent) features more minutes (182-of-400) played by newcomers in conference action.
BIG EAST Schedule Providing Plenty Of Top-25 Matchups
With four BIG EAST teams currently ranked among the nation's best, Marquette will have plenty of opportunities to claim top-25 wins this season.
The Golden Eagles are 114-181 all-time versus programs in the top-25 at the time of the matchup, including a 42-110 mark against top-10 squads. MU's last win against a top-10 team came in the Sweet 16 in 2012-13 when Marquette downed No. 5 Miami 71-61 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Marquette defeated No. 22/17 LSU earlier this season at the Legends Classic for the team's first top-25 victory under head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
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