Marquette Travels To No. 6/6 Villanova Saturday Afternoon
Jan. 7, 2010
The Marquette University men’s basketball team faces No. 6/6 Villanova for the second time in a week’s span when the squad travels to The Pavilion for a 1 p.m. CT opening tip on Saturday afternoon. The BIG EAST Network will feature the broadcast, with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and John Celestand (analyst) calling the action. The matchup will also be available as part of the ESPN Full Court subscription package and on ESPN360.com. Following MU’s fourth-straight matchup against a nationally ranked opponent, the Golden Eagles will have a week to prepare for Providence on Jan. 17 at the Bradley Center.
Senior David Cubillan added his name to the list in the win over the Hoyas by collecting a career-best effort en route to a team-best 18 points.
The Maracaibo, Venezuala, native finished 6-of-6 from behind the 3-point line to match a program single-game record. Only Jerel McNeal, who was 7-of-7 from distance against Cincinnati in 2008-09, has made more treys without a miss in a contest.
Four of Cubillan’s 3-pointers came in the first half and the final bucket at the 8:03 mark of the second stanza gave Marquette a 48-46 advantage. The Golden Eagles wouldn’t trail the remainder of the contest and eventually posted a 62-59 victory.
Golden Eagles Prefer To Step Behind The Line
Against the Hoyas, MU actually finished with more treys (12) than it did two-point baskets (9). The Golden Eagles finished 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field overall, which included a 46.2 percent (12-of-26) effort from behind the line. Nearly half (48.1 percent) of the team’s total shot attempts came from long distance.
The last time Marquette concluded a game with more 3-pointers than buckets inside the line came against Cincinnati on Jan. 4, 2009 in an 84-50 victory. That also happens to be the game Jerel McNeal drained all seven of his trey attempts.
MU Picks Up Much-Needed Win Over Ranked Opponent
The win was MU’s first against a nationally ranked squad in BIG EAST play since Marquette downed the Hoyas 94-82 on Jan. 31, 2009.
Four (18/19 Florida State, 17/20 Wisconsin, 8/8 West Virginia, 6/6 Villanova) of the team’s five losses this season have come against teams currently ranked in the top-25 polls.