Marquette Travels To No. 3/3 Villanova Saturday

Jan. 4, 2018

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The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game road swing at No. 3/3 Villanova on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. CT at the Wells Fargo Center. FS1 will feature the national television broadcast (Marquette's 14th), with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's outing, the Golden Eagles will return home to face No. 21/21 Seton Hall at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

BIG EAST Play Renewed Long Series With Wildcats

Villanova holds a 20-10 advantage over Marquette in an all-time series that dates back to 1960, but over half of the matchups (22) have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.

The Last Meeting
January 24, 2017
Milwaukee, Wis.
Marquette stuns No. 1 Villanova, 74-72
Katin Reinhardt hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left, Jalen Brunson missed a layup at the buzzer and Marquette upset top-ranked Villanova 74-72 on Tuesday night.

Along with regular season and tournament matchups in league play, the two teams also squared off in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the 1980 NCAA Championship. Marquette downed the Wildcats 66-58 in the NIT, but fell 77-59 in the opening round of the NCAA's in Providence, R.I.

A pair of free throws in the closing moments of regulation by MU's Katin Reinhardt proved to be in the difference in a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Villanova on Jan. 24, 2017 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the most recent matchup. The win was the first-ever for Marquette over the top-ranked team in the regular season and snapped a nine-game losing skid to Villanova.

MU's last win over the Wildcats on the road was an 82-78 decision on Jan. 28, 2012 in the Wells Fargo Center.

Howard Nets Record-Setting Night In Providence Win

Sophomore guard Markus Howard had a night to remember in the overtime win at Providence Wednesday night, finishing with a career-high 52 points. The Chandler, Arizona, native finished 17-of-29 from the field and 11-of-19 from behind the 3-point line. He also knocked down all seven of his free throw opportunities.

Listed below are some of the highlights from Howard's historic performance.

  • Tied BIG EAST record in league game (52, Marshon Brooks, Providence vs. Notre Dame, 2/23/11) u New Marquette single-game record (previous was 44, Tony Smith, vs. Wisconsin, 2/19/90 and Mike Moran, vs. Creighton, 2/5/58)
  • 11 3-point field goals were new record in BIG EAST games all-time and a single-game high in NCAA this season u 11 3-point field goals tied own MU record (vs. Chicago State, 11/29/17)
  • 17 field goals were a new single-game MU record. Previous high was 16, which had been recorded five times (most recently in 1968)
  • 32 second-half points were most in any half in a BIG EAST game (previous record 28 points by Kerry Kittles, Villanova, vs. Boston College, 2/28/95)
  • First NCAA player to score 50-or-more since Chris Clemons of Campbell scored 51 vs. UNC Asheville in the Big South Tournament on March 2, 2017.
  • Most points ever scored against Providence by an opponent
  • Howard has now made 52-of-52 free throws (45-of-45 in 2017-18) dating back to Creighton last season on March 4, 2017. 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.




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