Marquette Hosts DePaul Wednesday Night At 7 p.m. CT
Jan. 18, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
Plenty Of History In Marquette-DePaul Series
Marquette’s all-time series with DePaul dates back to the 1917-18 campaign (second year of MU’s varsity competition) and includes 116 previous meetings.
The Golden Eagles own a 71-45 advantage in the series and have claimed seven of the last eight matchups, but the two teams did split the home-and-home series in 2014-15. The Blue Demons posted a 61-58 win at home on Dec. 31 in the league opener for both programs and Marquette returned the favor with a 58-48 victory on Senior Day (MU honored Juan Anderson, Matt Carlino, Derrick Wilson) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 7. Carlino led the team with 20 points in that victory and center Luke Fischer chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds.
In program history, Marquette has faced only Wisconsin (122) and Notre Dame (118) on more occasions.
Marquette Struggling With Shooting Touch In League Play
Marquette shot just 34.3 percent from the floor in the 74-66 loss Saturday afternoon to No. 7/8 Xavier, continuing a trend that has seen the team struggle with its shooting touch in league play.
The Golden Eagles are connecting on just 41.6 percent (8th in league) of their attempts from the field through the first six BIG EAST Conference games, including a 26.8 percent mark from behind the 3-point line.
Marquette knocked down 47.4 percent of its chances in non-league action, which helped the team average 80.5 points per game through the first 12 contests.
As a result, MU is scoring just 68.8 points per game in BIG EAST play, down significantly from the team’s season mark of 76.6 points per contest (4th in league).
Marquette Opponents Eager To Take Charity
The Golden Eagles have been one of the best teams in the nation this season at limiting trips to the free throw line and as a result they have made as many charity tosses as their opponents have attempted in 2015-16.
Marquette has knocked down 294-of-415 free throws (23.1 attempted per game) through 18 games, while its foes have gotten to the line on just 294 occasions (16.3 attempted per game).
While MU is shooting a respectable 70.8 percent from the line for the season, the team hasn’t been able to take full advantage of its significant edge in attempts. Through games of Jan. 17 (courtesy Stats, Inc.),
Marquette’s opponents have combined to shoot a national-best 76.9 percent (Lehigh is second at 76.1 percent) from the line in their respective matchups with the Golden Eagles and that number jumps to 81.8 percent in league action.
Johnson, Wally Ellenson Provides Bench Production
With the team’s offensive attack struggling, particularly in the first half against Xavier, juniors Jajuan Johnson and Wally Ellenson were able to provide some much-needed scoring and rebounding from the bench.
The duo combined to contribute 22 points and 13 rebounds in 42 minutes against the Musketeers, including five boards at the offensive end. Johnson finished with 13 points and five rebounds and Ellenson posted personal-best marks in both scoring (9 points) and rebounding (8 boards) in 20 minutes.
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