Marquette Hosts Seton Hall at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday Night
Jan. 9, 2017
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 15 of the 21 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. Since that outing on Jan. 11, 2006, MU has claimed all but five of the contests, but the Pirates have now claimed three-straight victories in the series.
League Schedule Provides Quick Rematch
Wednesday’s matchup with Seton Hall will mark the second between the two programs in just over a week.
In a league schedule quirk, the Golden Eagles and Pirates conclude their home-and-home series on Jan. 11 when SHU visits the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Because of MU’s first conference bye the week of Jan. 2, the team will take on Seton Hall twice in just three games.
Howard Off To Impressive BIG EAST Start
Freshman guard Markus Howard, who has yet to celebrate his 18th birthday, has played like a seasoned veteran over the course of his first three BIG EAST games.
The Chandler, Arizona, native is currently averaging a team-best 19.2 points per game in league play while shooting 59.4 percent (19-of-32) from the floor overall and an amazing 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from behind the 3-point line. In MU’s most recent outing against No. 1/1 Villanova, Howard chipped in a team-high 21 points in 29 minutes, along with three rebounds and three assists.
Through games of Jan. 8 in BIG EAST action, Howard is ranked seventh in scoring (19.3 ppg.), ninth in field goal percentage (.594), first in free throw percentage (1.000), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.706) and tops in treys made per game (4.0).
Reinhardt Finds Range In Back-To-Back Games
After missing two non-conference games before Christmas break due to an Achilles injury, senior Katin Reinhardt has found his shooting touch in the team’s last two outings.
The graduate transfer from USC has knocked down five 3-pointers in each of the last two games, allowing him to reach double figures in points in back-to-back games for the first time as a member of the Marquette program. Against No. 1/1 Villanova, Reinhardt chipped in 15 points off the bench on 5-of-10 shooting from long distance and also added four rebounds and three assists.
In the team’s previous matchup with Seton Hall, Reinhardt scored a squad-best 17 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line. He is the lone member of the Golden Eagles with postseason experience, having made NCAA tournament trips at both UNLV and USC.
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