Golden Eagles Travel To Cincinnati Saturday Night
Jan. 17, 2013
TV: ESPNU | Radio: 540 ESPN
The No. 25/rv Marquette University men's basketball team (13-3, 4-0 BIG EAST) continues BIG EAST Conference action Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. CT when the squad travels to No. rv/24 (Cincinnati (15-3, 3-2 BIG EAST). ESPNU will feature Marquette's 10th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles will be looking to extend their current winning streak to seven games and remain undefeated in league play. MU most recently claimed seven-consecutive games early on in conference action in 2011-12 after dropping the first two outings in league play.
MU Looking To Continue Rare League Start
The Golden Eagles are hoping to improve to 5-0 in league play for just the third 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 5-0 in 1992-93 in the Great Midwest Conference.
Marquette enters play Saturday tied for first place (one of just three undefeated programs) in the conference standings at 4-0 along with No. 1/1 Louisville and No. 6/6 Syracuse.
MU Joins Rankings For First Time In 2012-13
After receiving votes in both national polls for a majority of the non-conference campaign, Marquette finally broke through at No. 25 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.
MU is 454-127 all-time when ranked by the AP and 49-18 under head coach Buzz Williams. In 2011-12, Marquette and Syracuse were the only BIG EAST programs to be ranked every week of the campaign.
Free Throw Line Proving To Be Difference In League Play
In two (2008-09, 2010-11) of the previous four seasons under head coach Buzz Williams, the Golden Eagles have completed the season with more free throws made as a team than their opponents have attempted.
Marquette has rediscovered that winning formula with the start of league play and as a result is a perfect 4-0 in the conference slate so far. Through four outings, MU is 90-of-121 (.744) from the charity stripe and opponents have knocked down just 48-of-80 (.600) from the line.
That disparity translates into an average of 10.5 (22.5-12.0) more points per contest for Marquette, not only because of its ability to get to the line, but also to convert on its chances.
For the season overall, Marquette is 267-of-365 (.732 - second in BIG EAST) and opponents are 183-of-283 (.647).
Mayo Provides Second Half Spark In Win Over Pirates
Sophomore Todd Mayo scored 12 points in the victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night, marking the third time in six appearances he has reached double figures.
The Huntington, W.Va., native scored all of his points following halftime and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. His 3-pointer with 3:09 left in regulation as the shot clock expired gave Marquette a 12-point lead. He is shooting 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line on the season.
Mayo, who chipped in 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 2001-12, missed the first 10 games of the season after rendering himself academically ineligible.
Marquette-Cincinnati Series Tied To Conference Affiliation
Cincinnati owns a 26-19 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs, which dates back to the 1973-74 campaign.
Since UC joined Marquette in the Great Midwest Conference (GMC) in 1991-92, the two teams have met at least once every year except 2006-07 (league schedule didn't include every team). The 20-year run has seen both universities make transitions from the GMC to Conference USA and then the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
The Golden Eagles have claimed four of the previous six meetings, but UC was victorious, 72-61, in the most recent outing on Feb. 29, 2012 (complete box score on page. 4).
Gardner Is League's Most Efficient Offensive Player
Despite playing just 21.9 minutes per night off the bench, junior forward Davante Gardner is second on the team in scoring.
He is currently contributing 13.1 points per game while shooting 61.5 percent (first in the BIG EAST Conference) from the field and is also tops on the roster with 5.4 rebounds per contest.
Gardner's efficiency was perfectly illustrated in the victory over Seton Hall. He accounted for 17 points and five rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. Through the first four league games, he is shooting a red-hot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the floor to lead the BIG EAST and 86.7 percent (26-of-30) from the charity stripe.