Marquette Opens Homestand Wednesday Night Against St. John's
Jan. 9, 2012
TV Info: ESPNU (Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis)
Rdio Info: 540 ESPN (Steve True & Jim McIlvaine)
The No. 25/24 Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-4, 1-2 BIG EAST) opens a three-game homestand Wednesday night when the squad hosts St. John’s (8-7, 2-2 BIG EAST) at 6 p.m. CT at the Bradley Center on Al McGuire Night. ESPNU will feature Marquette’s ninth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday’s matchup with the Red Storm, the Golden Eagles will welcome Pittsburgh (Jan. 14) and Louisville (Jan. 16) for a pair of matinee contests at home.
MU Honors Al McGuire With St. John’s In Town
Legendary Marquette head coach Al McGuire will be honored Wednesday night with the program’s annual “Al McGuire Night” when the team hosts St. John’s on the court that bears his name.
McGuire posted an overall record of 295-80 in 13 seasons at Marquette, highlighted by the 1977 NCAA National Championship and the 1970 National Invitation Tournament title. He guided MU to 11 postseason trips and a record of 27-10 in those appearances.
McGuire played at St. John’s from 1948-51. In his first season with the team he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 average. The following season the Redmen finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. McGuire ended his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA.
Golden Eagles In Search Of 40-Minute Performance
In a pair of road matchups against top-10 ranked opponents last week, Marquette controlled play for at least 20 minutes of action in each outing.
Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the team returned home in search of a complete 40-minute performance.
Against Georgetown on Jan. 4, MU led by 17 points in the opening minutes of the second half only to see the Hoyas rally for a 73-70 win with a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The Golden Eagles shot just 35.3 percent from the field in the final stanza after knocking down 48.6 percent of their opportunities in the opening 20 minutes.
In Saturday’s loss at No. 1/1 Syracuse, Marquette trailed by as many as 23 points in the first half and was down 37-19 at the intermission. The Golden Eagles closed the gap to 59-57 with 5:15 on the clock and collected 47 total points in the second half in a 73-66 loss. MU’s defense held Syracuse to just 36.0 percent from the floor following halftime.
Otule To Miss Remainder Of 2011-12 Campaign
Junior center Chris Otule will have season-ending surgery on his left knee Tuesday (Jan. 10) morning after suffering an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in the opening minutes of the Dec. 6 game against Washington.
In his fourth season with the program, Otule has now seen three campaigns cut short by injury. Otule played in nine games as a freshman in 2008-09 after fracturing his left foot and was limited to just three contests in 2009-10 after suffering a similar injury to his right foot, which required surgery. The Richmond, Texas, native averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 boards per outing in eight starts this season.
Otule has appeared in 57 career games overall, including 44 starting assignments. He owns career averages of 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the floor. His most productive season came in 2010-11, when he started 35 of the teams 37 outings and chipped in 5.0 points and 4.4 boards per night.
Gardner Picking Up Production Following Loss Of Otule
The Suffolk, Va., native has started six of the eight contests since Otule was lost for the season and has averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in those outings. He made his first career start against Green Bay on Dec. 10 and collected his first-ever double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Villanova on Jan. 1 in the league opener.
For the season, Gardner is contributing 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 59.0 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the free throw line in 18.6 minutes per contest.
Marquette To Celebrate 95th Anniversary Saturday
The Marquette men’s basketball team, which is participating in its 95th season of competition in 2011-12, will honor the program’s storied history when the team faces Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.
Over 100 former players, coaches and staff are expected to attend the weekend’s festivities, which include a reception on Friday evening and pregame Saturday at the Bradley Center. Everyone in attendance will be honored during a halftime ceremony, which will celebrate the previous 94 seasons of play. The group of players expected back includes: Mark Anglavar, Tom Copa, Bo Ellis, Mike Kinsella, Don Kojis, Butch Lee, Marc Marotta, Dean Marquardt, Mike Moran, Terry Rand, Terrell Schlundt, Earl Tatum and Bob Wolf.
The 2011-12 campaign marks the 35th anniversary of the 1977 NCAA Championship squad and several members of the roster will be in town to celebrate the title.
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