Marquette Hosts Seton Hall Wednesday Night In League Action
Jan. 14, 2013
TV: BIG EAST Network (Sports32 - Milwaukee/Green Bay, MASN - Washington DC/Baltimore, MSG (New York City), COX (Providence/New Bedford), ESPN3 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-3, 3-0 BIG EAST) returns home to face Seton Hall (12-5, 1-3 BIG EAST) Wednesday night at 8 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The BIG EAST Network will feature the television broadcast, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) calling the action. The matchup will be available on Sports32 (Milwaukee-Green Bay), MASN (Washington, D.C.), MSG (New York) and COX-NE (Providence-New Bedford). Following Wednesday’s outing, Marquette travels to No. rv/24 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
MU Looking To Continue Rare League Start
The Golden Eagles are hoping to improve to 4-0 in league play for just the fourth 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 4-0 in 1993-94 and 5-0 in 1992-93 in the Great Midwest Conference.
Golden Eagles Continuing Close Game Trend
Marquette fans are no strangers to close games, especially since fifth-year head coach Buzz Williams took over as program mentor.
Three games into the BIG EAST season, MU has managed to claim a pair of overtime victories and the other win was a one-point decision over Georgetown. The team owns a total of three one-possession outings in 2012-13, falling versus Butler in the Maui Invitational at Green Bay.
Dating back to the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Marquette owns an overall record of 15-15 in games decided by three points-or-less. Of the 30 games, 13 came during the 2009-10 season and six of those came in the final nine contests of the year.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed nine of the 11 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming prior to MU joining 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, NY. 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.
MU Hoping To Extend Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of an 18-game winning streak (tied for fifth-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST Conference play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish in the league (14-4 overall). The Golden Eagles are 9-0 so far at home in 2012-13.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 322-87 (.785) and a 48-13 (.787) mark in BIG EAST Conference action.
Blue, Mayo Accept Charity In OT Win At Pittsburgh
After Marquette saw Pittsburgh tie the score at 57-57 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Golden Eagles responded with an impressive effort in overtime to claim a rare 74-67 victory at the Petersen Events Center.
MU netted just a pair of baskets in the extra session, but was an impressive 13-of-16 from the charity stripe. Junior Vander Blue led with way with an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line and sophomore Todd Mayo, who hadn’t made a trip the entire afternoon, finished 5-of-8 after being fouled.
Blue was tabbed to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll for the first time this season for his 22-point performance at Pittsburgh. He finished 6-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Blue also chipped in four assists, three rebounds and a steal in just over 40 minutes of action.
Derrick Wilson Responds In Hostile Environment
With starting point guard Junior Cadougan limited to just 16 minutes because of an ankle injury at Pittsburgh, backup Derrick Wilson responded with a strong performance in a career-best 31 minutes of action.
He didn’t leave the court following halftime and turned the ball over on just one occasion against the Panthers while serving as the primary ball handler. Wilson owns an impressive 2.82 assist-to-turnover ratio for the campaign and owns just 11 miscues in 232 overall minutes of action.