Marquette Travels To Xavier Saturday Afternoon

Duane Wilson scored 14 of his 17 points vs. Creighton in the second half.
Jan. 15, 2015

TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN

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MU Falls To Xavier In BIG EAST Tourney 68-65
Justin Martin scored 19 points and Semaj Christon added 18 to lead Xavier to a 68-65 victory over Marquette on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

The Marquette University men’s basketball team (10-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) opens up a two-game road swing when the squad travels to Xavier (11-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) on Saturday, Jan. 17 for an 11 a.m. CT opening tip at the Cintas Center. FOX Sports 1 will feature Marquette’s 14th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will travel to St. John’s on Jan. 21 before opening a three-game homestand at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 24 against Georgetown.

MU’s Series With Xavier Enters New Era

While Marquette and Xavier are meeting for the just the second year in BIG EAST Conference play this season, the two programs do have an extensive all-time series.

The Golden Eagles own a 47-17 overall lead in matchups that date back to the 1958-59 campaign. MU dominated the pairings during the Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds era, at one point claiming 26-straight victories between 1969 and 1983.

The Golden Eagles and Musketeers split the regular season series in 2013-14, with each team winning on its respective home court. XU posted an 86-79 win on Jan. 9, 2014 in the Cintas Center before MU earned an 81-72 win in Milwaukee on Feb. 15, 2014. Xavier did end Marquette’s season, however, with a narrow 68-65 decision in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals in Madison Square Garden.

Marquette’s last win in Cincinnati came on Feb. 20, 1985 when the team posted a 69-60 victory over the Musketeers.

Carlino’s Late Trey Allows Marquette To Escape With Win

Marquette edged Creighton 53-52 Wednesday night thanks to a contested 3-point basket by senior guard Matt Carlino with 11.2 seconds left in regulation.

MU, which led by as many as 14 points in the first half, found itself trailing 52-48 after a jumper by Creighton’s Will Artino. Carlino would bury a tough jumper with 51 seconds left to close the gap before playing the role of hero 40 seconds later. The Bluejays had two attempts in the lane in the closing seconds, but weren’t able to score the game winner.

The Phoenix, Ariz., native finished with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. He also chipped in three assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

Duane Wilson, Carlino Shoulder Scoring Load

With Marquette struggling offensively in the second half against Creighton, the scoring load fell on the shoulders of guards Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino.

The duo accounted for all of MU’s 25 second-half points in the 53-52 win, including Carlino’s dramatic 3-pointer. Wilson netted 14 of his 17 points following intermission, including a pair of treys. Carlino finished with 11 points over the course of the final 20 minutes and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final minutes.

For the game, the duo accounted for 11 of the squad’s 18 made field goals and 20 of the team’s 43 attempts.

Matchup Features Two Of League’s Best Freshmen

Saturday’s matchup features the league’s top two scoring freshmen in Marquette’s Duane Wilson and Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett.

Wilson is ranked 20th in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring (11.3 ppg.) and is also among the top players in steals (12th, 1.4 spg.). The Milwaukee, Wis., native scored 17 points in the win over Creighton, marking his highest point total since scoring 19 points versus Arizona State on Dec. 16.

Bluiett is currently 14th in the league in scoring at 12.5 points per game and eighth in free throw percentage (.786). He was named the BIG EAST’s top rookie on Nov. 24.

Derrick Wilson Dials Long Distance Against Creighton

Entering Wednesday night’s game against Creighton, senior guard Derrick Wilson owned a total of seven 3-pointers in his previous 115 games with the program.

His starting assignment against the Bluejays marked his 100th consecutive outing with the Golden Eagles and he celebrated by knocking down a pair of treys in the first half versus Creighton. The two made baskets from long distance marked the first time in his career he has knocked down more than one in any single outing. Wilson finished with six points, five assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

The last game Marquette played without the services of Wilson was a 62-57 win over Pittsburgh at home on Jan. 14, 2012.




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