Marquette Travels To Pittsburgh For League Action Saturday

Chris Otule ranks among the school's all-time leaders in blocked shots.

Jan. 10, 2013

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The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) opens up the road portion of its league schedule Saturday morning when the squad travels to Pittsburgh (13-3, 1-2 BIG EAST) for an 11 a.m. CT matchup. ESPNU will feature the television broadcast, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's outing, the Golden Eagles will return home to host Seton Hall on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. CT on the BIG EAST Network.

MU Looking For Rare League Start

The Golden Eagles are hoping to improve to 3-0 in league play for just the fifth time since the program began conference affiliation in 1989-90.

MU's best-ever start to a conference campaign came in 2008-09 when the team opened up 9-0 in BIG EAST action. Marquette was 3-0 in Conference USA in 2000-01, 4-0 in 1993-94 and 5-0 in 1992-93 in the Great Midwest Conference.

Series With Pittsburgh Dates Back To 1930

Pittsburgh owns a slim 8-7 advantage over Marquette in the all-time series, which dates back to 1930.

Of the 15 total matchups, 11 have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06. Last year's 62-57 Marquette victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center snapped a four-game losing streak to the Panthers and MU has only claimed one victory at the Petersen Events Center, earning a 77-74 overtime decision on Jan. 21, 2007.

Previous to last season, each of the meetings dating back to 2003 featured at least one of the squads ranked in the top-25. That year MU downed the Panthers 77-74 in the Sweet 16 en route to a trip to the Final Four.

Offense Finding Slow Starts In League Play

Marquette has claimed its first two conference games of the season, despite struggling offensively in the first half of both contests.

MU has combined to shoot just 28.3 percent (17-of-60) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of outings against UConn and Georgetown, including a 3-of-20 effort (15.0 percent) effort from behind the 3-point line.

Fortunately for the Golden Eagles, they have managed to find their shooting touch at the intermission. Following halftime in the two games, MU has knocked down 53.8 percent (21-of-39) of its chances from the floor. That mark includes a 19-of-27 (70.1 percent) effort on attempts from inside the 3-point line.

Marquette has been able to pull out the wins by also getting to the charity stripe more frequently in the second stanza. The team has 15 more attempts in the second half as compared to the first and has translated those attempts into 11 more points.

Lockett Rebounds MU To Victory Over Georgetown

Senior guard Trent Lockett, who is second on the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg.) from his guard position, took his contributions on the boards to another level in the win over Georgetown.

The Golden Valley, Minn., native finished with 10 rebounds, nine points, two steals and a pair of blocks in 31 minutes of action. His final rebound came with one second left in regulation and helped seal the victory for MU. He grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds on two occasions while at Arizona State.

Lockett earned his undergraduate degree at ASU in three years and was granted a waiver by the NCAA allowing him to play in 2012-13 without sitting out. He is enrolled in the sports leadership master's program at Marquette.

BIG EAST Continues Support Of Newtown, CT Community

As a unified show of support for the Newtown, Conn., community, BIG EAST men's and women's basketball teams will wear green ribbons during the first 26 games of conference play. Student-athletes will wear the ribbons on their shooting shirts during warmups, while coaches and administrative personnel will wear the ribbons throughout their respective games.

The recognition began with the league opener on Dec. 31 between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and will conclude in mid-January. Marquette will participate in a total of three games (vs. UConn, vs. Georgetown, at Pittsburgh).




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