Marquette Hosts 13/15 Seton Hall Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT
Jan. 8, 2018
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (11-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to face No. 13/15 Seton Hall (14-2, 3-0 BIG EAST) at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Jan. 9. CBS Sports Network will feature Marquette’s 16th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Jordan Cornette (analyst) and Allie LaForce (analyst) calling the action. Tuesday’s matchup, which features $2 concession items until tipoff, opens a run of three games in seven days for the Golden Eagles.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 16 of the 23 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming after MU joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
SHU opened the series with a 96-78 victory over Marquette on March 17, 1956 in MU's first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The next meeting wouldn't come until 50 years later when Marquette moved to the BIG EAST.
Seton Hall has claimed 4-of-5 matchups dating back to the 2015-16 campaign, including 2-of-3 outings last season. The squads split the regular season home-and-home series, the the Pirates were able to stop MU’s run in the BIG EAST Tournament with an 82-76 win on March 9 in the quarterfinals.
All of the three games in 2016-17 were one or two-possession contests, with the first two coming in the span of three outings during the BIG EAST schedule. The Pirates rallied for a 69-66 win at home on Jan. 1 and the Golden Eagles claimed an 89-86 overtime decision in the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 11.
Howard Claims League Honors For Second Time
Sophomore Markus Howard team has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week, the league office announced Jan. 8.
Howard, who also claimed the accolade on Dec. 11, averaged 44.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game last week in road games at Providence and No. 3/3 Villanova. He combined to shoot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the field, 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from behind the 3-point line and was perfect (13-of-13) from the charity stripe.
The Chandler, Arizona, native’s week was highlighted by a record-setting 52-point effort in the win against the Friars and he followed that up with a 37-point performance at Villanova. Howard is currently in possession of the top-two scoring efforts in league play this season and tops the BIG EAST in scoring (28.8 ppg.) in conference outings.
Elliott Hoping To Continue Momentum Of Career Night
Entering the second half Saturday night at Villanova, freshman guard Greg Elliott had chipped in just three points on a pair of shot attempts in eight minutes of action.
However, the Detroit, Michigan, native would play a major role in the second half in a handful of Marquette runs at the nation’s third-ranked team. Eliott finished with a carer-best 13 points in 25 minutes of action, thanks to a 5-of-10 effort from the field. He also chipped in four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. His point total matched that of his last four outings combined.
Eliott has picked up his production in league play, where he is averaging 5.8 points per game and shooting 56.3 percent (9-of-16) from the floor and 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line.
Anim Rebounds With Career Night At Villanova
One game after fouling out in just nine minutes of action at Providence, redshirt sophomore forward Sacar rebounded with a career-best effort.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native netted a personal-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and also chipped in three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in 28 minutes of action.
Anim redshirted in 2016-17 after appearing in 17 games off the bench as a freshman in 2015-16
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