Marquette Hosts Seton Hall At 1 p.m. CT Saturday
Jan. 10, 2014
TV Info: FS Wisconsin | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (9-7, 1-2 BIG EAST) returns home to face Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) in BIG EAST Conference action at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 11. FS Wisconsin will feature the broadcast from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and former MU head coach Kevin O’Neill (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s action, the Golden Eagles will have a week to prepare for the program’s first trip to Butler (Jan. 18) in BIG EAST Conference play. MU hasn’t faced the Bulldogs in their home arena since the 1990-91 season when both teams were in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 11 of the 13 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 Golden Eagles had claimed eight-straight wins in the series until falling 85-72 on the road in the 2010-11 regular-season finale.
Marquette swept the home-and-home series in 2012-13, winning 69-62 at home on Jan. 16 and claiming a 67-46 decision at the Prudential Center on Feb. 19. In the most recent matchup, Vander Blue led all scorers with 19 points.
Marquette Hoping To Extend Home Conference Streak
While Marquette’s overall home-court winning streak, which was the longest in the nation at the time, came to an end with the Nov. 16 loss to Ohio State, the team remains in possession of one of the longest current conference home streaks.
The Golden Eagles have claimed 19-straight wins in BIG EAST Conference action dating back to the 2010-11 campaign, which is the fourth-longest streak in the nation. Cincinnati was the last league program to leave the BMO Harris Bradley Center victorious, posting a 67-60 win on Senior Day on March 2, 2011.
Middle Tennessee State is currently in possession of the nation’s longest run, having won 24 consecutive at the Murphy Center.
BIG EAST One Of Toughest Places To Play On The Road
Road victories in any league are extremely difficult, but recent history shows the BIG EAST Conference is as challenging as any in the nation.
Through games of Jan. 9, 22 programs in the top-six rated conferences in 2013-14 according to RPIRatings.com have won 85 percent-or-better of their home games in the last five years. Of those conferences, none feature more than the current BIG EAST’s five institutions. Creighton (71-9, .890), Xavier (63-8, .890), Marquette (65-10, .870), Georgetown (61-10, .860) and Butler (60-11, .850) lead the way in the 10-team league.
The ACC (5), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3), SEC (3) and Pac 12 (2) also feature teams that have claimed wins in at least 85 percent of their respective home contests.
Bench, Thomas Unable To Complete Comeback At Xavier
With three starters (Jake Thomas, Derrick Wilson, Jamil Wilson) on the bench early in the first half with two fouls each, head coach Buzz Williams turned to his bench for contributions at Xavier Thursday night.
A total of 11 players saw at least five minutes of action, and the six-person reserve corps chipped in 32 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a total of 82 minutes of action in the game. The trio of starters played a total of just 20 minutes in the first half.
Thomas battled through his foul troubles to match personal bests in both points (17) and 3-pointers made (5), which he also collected versus New Mexico on Dec. 21. He also added three rebounds and a pair of assists in 32 minutes.