Marquette Travels To No. 1/1 Villanova Saturday Night
Jan. 5, 2017
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (10-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game road swing Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. CT when the squad faces No. 1/1 Villanova (14-1, 2-1 BIG EAST) in the Wells Fargo Center. FS1 will feature Marquette's 15th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's matchup, the Golden Eagles will take on Seton Hall at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. CT for the second time in three games to complete the season's home-and-home series.
BIG EAST Play Renewed Long Series With Wildcats
Villanova holds a 19-9 advantage over Marquette in an all-time series that dates back to 1960, but over half of the matchups (20) have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
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.
Marquette has dropped each of the last eight meetings with Villanova, including an 89-79 decision on Feb. 27, 2016 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Guards Haanif Cheatham and Jajuan Johnson both had 19 points in the setback for the Golden Eagles, who shot over 50 percent from the field as a team. Unfortunately, the Wildcats knocked down 57.7 percent of their chances and held off MU on National Marquette Day.
MU's last win over the Wildcats was an 82-78 decision on Jan. 28, 2012 in the Wells Fargo Center.
Marquette Facing Top-Ranked Team For 11th Time
Marquette will face No. 1/1 Villanova on Saturday evening, marking the second-straight game the Wildcats have owned the top spot for their matchup with MU.
The program is 1-9 all-time against the top-ranked squad in the land, with the victory coming in the 2003 Elite Eight when the team downed Kentucky 83-69 to earn a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans. Current staff member Travis Diener was the starting point guard on that team. Villanova defeated MU 89-79 on Feb. 27, 2016 in the most recent top-ranked outing.
The Golden Eagles hosted top-ranked Cincinnati on Jan. 23, 2000 in the only game against the highest-rated squad at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Golden Eagles are 116-187 all-time versus programs in the top-25 at the time of the matchup, including a 43-115 mark against top-10 squads. Marquette has played five games when ranked No. 1 in the country itself and owns a 4-1 record. No. 9 Notre Dame knocked MU from the top spot on Feb. 26, 1978 with a 65-59 decision in its last visit to the top of the rankings.
Reinhardt Makes Big First Half Impact, Again
In two of his last three outings (missed St. Francis and SIUE with Achilles injury), senior guard Katin Reinhardt has made a big contribution at the offensive end of the court in the first half.
In Sunday's game at Seton Hall, Reinhardt knocked down five treys in the opening 20 minutes and ended up finishing with a team-best 17 points. He also chipped in four rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes.
In 29 minutes against Wisconsin, Reinhardt collected four 3-pointers prior to the intermission and finished with 16 points. For the season, Reinhardt has collected nine of his 19 made 3-pointers in 40 total minutes of action against the Badgers and Pirates.
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