Marquette Hosts DePaul Saturday At 1 p.m. CT
Jan. 12, 2017
TV Info: FS Wisconsin | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
Plenty Of History In Marquette-DePaul Series
Marquette’s all-time series with DePaul dates back to the 1917-18 season (second year of MU’s varsity play) and includes 118 previous meetings.
The Golden Eagles own a 72-46 advantage in the series and have claimed eight of the last 10 matchups. The extensive series history has been aided by the fact the two programs have been in the same league dating back to the 1991-92 campaign. Since that season, the teams have shared affiliation in the Great Midwest Conference, Conference USA and BIG EAST Conference. In program history, Marquette has faced only Wisconsin (123) on more occasions.
The Golden Eagles and Blue Demons split the season series in 2015-16, with each squad winning on the other’s home court. In the most recent matchup, Marquette posted a 73-60 victory on Feb. 20, 2016 at Allstate Arena thanks to a team-high 20 points from guard Haanif Cheatham. MU shot 51.0 percent from the floor and center Luke Fischer chipped in 16 points.
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 four BIG EAST games.
The Chandler, Arizona, native is currently averaging a team-best 20.0 points per game in league play while shooting 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the floor overall and an amazing 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from behind the 3-point line. In the overtime victory against Seton Hall, he chipped in a team-high 22 points thanks to a 4-of-6 effort from long distance.
Through games of Jan. 11 in BIG EAST action, Howard is ranked among the league leaders in eight different categories.
Howard’s season-long free throw percentage (.939) is tops in the league and continues a family tradition. His brother, Jordan, is a junior at Central Arkansas and is currently ranked seventh in the nation in that category (.930).
Wilson Makes Impact In Return To Action
Junior guard Duane Wilson, who missed the team’s matchups at Seton Hall and Villanova because of a groin injury, returned to action Wednesday night in the win over the Pirates and made a contribution at both ends of the floor.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native finished with six points, two steals, one rebound and an assist in 25 minutes off of the bench. He was on the court down the stretch and drew the assignment of trying to slow SHU’s Desi Rodriguez.
Wilson has now appeared in 79 career games, second only to Jajuan Johnson (100) on the current roster.
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