Marquette Heads To Butler Friday Night at 5:30 p.m. CT

Jan. 11, 2018

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-5, 3-2 BIG EAST) head to Butler (12-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) for a rare Friday night matchup when the squad travels to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 5:30 p.m. CT outing. FS1 will feature the team’s 17th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Steve Physioc (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action. Following Friday’s matchup, MU will return home to host DePaul on Jan. 15 prior to the team’s first league bye of the year, which has the squad off until Jan. 24 at Xavier.

Marquette-Butler Series Full Of History

The all-time series, which dates back to the 1922-23 campaign, is narrowly led by Butler, 20-17, following a season sweep by the Bulldogs in the home-and-home series in 2016-17.

The Last Meeting
Butler68
Marquette65
February 7, 2017
Milwaukee, Wis.
No. 22 Butler tops Marquette, 68-65
The Marquette University men's basketbll team fell to No. 22/21 Butler, 68-65, on Tuesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

MU claimed the first-ever meeting 18-17 on Dec. 16, 1922, only to see the Bulldogs claim the next nine matchups. Marquette also collected a nine-game win streak between 1942 and 1990, with the last two contests during that run coming when both programs were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

Following Marquette’s move to the Great Midwest Conference in 1991-92, the two teams wouldn’t meet until Butler beat the Golden Eagles at the buzzer in the opening game of the 2012 Maui Invitational. MU would return the favor in the 2013 NCAA tournament, downing the Bulldogs 74-72 in the closing seconds to earn a trip to the squad’s third-straight Sweet 16 appearance.

On Jan. 11, 2017, No. 13 Butler was able to rally from an 18-point deficit early in the second half to down Marquette 88-80 at home. The No. 22 Bulldogs also earned a 68-65 decision on Feb. 7 in Milwaukee.

News & Notes: Offense Continues To Perform

  • Marquette connected on 11 3-pointers against Seton Hall, the 13th time in 17 outings the team has reached double figures in that category. MU is second in the nation through games of Jan. 10 in 3-point field goals per game (11.9).
  • Markus Howard (22.8 ppg.), Andrew Rowsey (21.6 ppg.) and Sam Hauser (14.0 ppg.) combine to produce 69.6 percent (58.4-of-83.9) of Marquette’s offensive attack.
  • 4-of-5 losses have come to nationally ranked teams (19/21 Purdue, 6/6 Wichita State, 6/5 Xavier and 3/3 Villanova - ranking at time of game), including a trio of top-10 opponents.
  • Marquette features the league’s top two scorers and free throw shooters through games of Jan. 10. Howard is first at 22.8 points per game (11th in nation) and Rowsey is second at 21.6 points per contest (30th in nation). Howard also tops the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (1st in nation, 1.000) and Rowsey is second (14th in nation, .906).
  • Howard has now made 58-straight free throws (51-of-51 in 2017-18) dating back to Creighton last season on March 4, 2017. Among players who meet the NCAA statistical minimum (2.5 made per game), Howard is now the only player who hasn’t missed this year.

Rowsey Rebounds With Another 30-Point Game

One night after being held below double figures for the first time since last season, senior guard Andrew Rowsey responded in a big way in the win over Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

The Lexington, Virginia, native scored the team’s first 11 points en route to a game-high 31-point effort in the MU victory. He shot 10-of-18 from the field overall, including 4-of-8 from long distance, and also knocked down all of his seven free throw attempts. He also found time to chip in five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 34 minutes.

He and Markus Howard have now scored 30-or-more points on four occasions each and Rowsey now owns 10 efforts of at least 20-or-more points in 2017-18.

Elliott’s Contributions Leading To Increased Role

Freshman guard Greg Elliott has averaged 25.0 minutes per night in each of the last two outings, making the most of his opportunities in both outings.

In the last two matchups with Villanova and Seton Hall, Elliott averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the floor and 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from behind the 3-point line. He netted a personal-best 13 points at 3/3 Villanova and followed that up with a nine-point, five-rebound effort against Seton Hall.

Eliott has picked up his production in league play, where he is averaging 6.4 points per game and shooting 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from the floor and 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line. He has even improved his free throw shooting, connecting on 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) attempts.


 

 

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