MU Returns Home To Face No. 14/15 Notre Dame Monday Night
Jan. 9, 2011
Television: ESPN2 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-5, 2-1 BIG EAST) returns to the Bradley Center Monday night to host No. 14/15 Notre Dame at 6 p.m. CT. ESPN2 will feature the matchup as part of its "Big Monday" broadcast, with Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action from courtside. Monday's meeting will be the 114th all-time meeting between Marquette and Notre Dame in a series that dates back to the 1919-20 campaign. Following the contest against the Fighting Irish, MU hits the road to face Louisville on Jan. 15.
Strength Of Schedule To Receive Upgrade
In possession of three contests (vs. Duke, vs. Gonzaga, at Vanderbilt) in non-league play this season against programs ranked in the top-25 at the time of the matchup, the Golden Eagles will see that total multiply quickly in the coming weeks.
Beginning with the trip to Pittsburgh, seven of the team's eight conference matchups will come against programs currently ranked in at least one of the national polls. That span includes four outings versus top-10 squads and a total of four contests on the road against top-25 opponents.
The Golden Eagles remain in search of the program's 100th victory against a top-25 program. MU is 99-151 all-time versus nationally ranked squads and 7-18 under third-year head coach Buzz Williams.
Based on the most recent Jan. 3 polls, 10 of Marquette's 16 league games will feature a top-25 squad.
Marquette-Notre Dame Series Spans Program's Duration
Monday night's matchup with No. 14/15 Notre Dame will mark the 114th meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to the 1919-20 campaign.
Marquette claimed the first meeting, earning a 23-22 road victory in the program's third season of competition. MU will face the Fighting Irish as a nationally ranked opponent for the 18th time on Monday, with the Golden Eagles owning an 8-9 record in those contests. Marquette has claimed five of the eight meetings since the team joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
Rival Wisconsin is the only opponent Marquette has face on more occasions (117) than Notre Dame.
Johnson-Odom Picks Up Scoring In League Play
Struggling with his perimeter shot for a majority of the non-conference campaign, junior Darius Johnson-Odom has picked up his offensive production in recent weeks.
That trend has magnified itself through the first three BIG EAST games this season. The Raleigh, N.C., native is averaging a team-best 23.3 points per game in the last three outings. He is shooting 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the field and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from behind the 3-point line. He has also found time to chip in 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in an average of 33.3 minutes per contest.
Through games of Jan. 8, Johnson-Odom ranks tied for third in scoring in league games and is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.67).