Golden Eagles Return Home To Face Seton Hall In League Action

Jan. 7, 2008

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The No. 15/16 Marquette University men's basketball team opens up a two-game homestand when the team welcomes Seton Hall to the Bradley Center Tuesday night in BIG EAST Conference action. ESPN+ will produce the broadcast, which airs locally on Time Warner Sports. Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (analyst) will call the action. The Golden Eagles have claimed two of the three all-time meetings between the two programs, including an 89-76 decision last season. The Pirates are the first of three (Notre Dame and Louisville) league programs MU will face in home-and-home series in 2007-08. Marquette will travel to Newark for a Feb. 12 encounter at the Prudential Center.

MU Hopes To Continue League Success At Home The Golden Eagles have posted an impressive 248-74 overall record at the Bradley Center since the 1988-89 campaign and that high level of success has also included a consistent ability to defend the program's home court in conference matchups. Since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06, the Golden Eagles are 14-3 at the Bradley Center in league action, including the conference-opening victory over Providence.

Hayward Having More Success With Calling Plan Sophomore forward Lazar Hayward, who is currently second on the team in scoring (13.3 points per game), may be one of the league's most improved players in 2007-08. While nearly all of his statistics have improved, 3-point shooting may be the best illustration of his development. Thanks to a trio of long distance makes at West Virginia, Hayward is now 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from behind the line. In all of 2006-07, the Buffalo, N.Y., native finished 10-of-48 (20.8 percent) from long distance.

Barro Off To Solid Start In League Play Senior forward Ousmane Barro has picked up his production in the first two league games of 2007-08, putting together two of his better back-to-back efforts of the season. He is averaging 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the field in matchups against Providence and West Virginia. He also has four blocks and six of his rebounds have come at the offensive end. For the season, Barro is contributing 5.8 points and 5.5 boards per outing.




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