No. 21/22 Marquette Hits The Road To Face Providence Saturday Night
Jan. 19, 2012
TV Info: BIG EAST Network (Doug Sherman & Ron Perry) - Sports32 (Milwaukee & Green Bay), SNY (New York City), MASN (Washington D.C.), Brighthouse (Tampa & Orlando), MASN (Baltimore), SNY (Hartford), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati), Time Warner (Buffalo), Cox (Providence), Time Warner (Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Utica, Elmira and Watertown), WHVL (Johnston).
Radio Info: 540 ESPN (Steve True & Jim McIlvaine)
The Marquette University men's basketball team (15-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) hits the road for BIG EAST Conference action when the squad travels to Providence (12-7, 1-5 BIG EAST) on Saturday night for a 6 p.m. CT matchup. The BIG EAST Network will feature the television broadcast, with Doug Sherman (play-by-play) and Ron Perry (analyst) calling the action. Sports32 will air the game live in the greater Milwaukee and Green Bay areas. Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles return home to host USF Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. CT on the BIG EAST Network.
MU Looking For League Success On The Road
Marquette has been victorious in each of its first four BIG EAST Conference matchups at home, but is still in search of its first road victory in league play.
The Golden Eagles dropped a pair of tightly contested outings to top-10 opponents earlier this month, falling 73-70 at No. 9/9 Georgetown and 73-66 at No. 1/1 Syracuse. MU led by as many as 17 points in the second half against the Hoyas and closed a 23-point deficit to just two points before falling to the Orange.
In two of the last three seasons, Marquette has claimed at least five victories in conference action away from the Bradley Center and has finished with a .500-or-better record on the road in three of the team's previous six seasons since joining the league in 2005-06.
The Golden Eagles have seven remaining road games in 2011-12.
Crowder's Versatility Proven In League Statistics
Senior forward Jae Crowder, who collected his fifth double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) of the season and seventh of his career in the win over Louisville, is one of the most versatile players in the BIG EAST Conference according to the league statistics.
Through games of Jan. 18, Crowder is one of just three players (Kevin Jones, WVU - Jordan Theodore, SHU) in the league to be ranked among the top-15 in six different statistical categories (see box to right).
No player in the league owns a spot in seven-or-more different categories.
Best Time To Be Down Was Early Against Louisville
Marquette trailed Louisville 18-2 to begin the game in Monday's matinee matchup with the Cardinals, put quickly turned things around at both ends of the court to pull away for the 74-63 victory.
The Golden Eagles closed the half on a 32-12 run to lead 34-30 at the intermission and kept the momentum going into the final 20 minutes of action. Beginning at the 13:58 mark of the first half, Marquette outscored Louisville 72-45 the rest of the way and actually led by as many 16 points in the second half.
MU was able to use the free throw line to its advantage, outscoring Louisville 16-4 from the charity stripe for the game.
Collins, Cooley To Sit On Opposite Benches Saturday
Marquette assistant coach Aki Collins, who is responsible for the team's scouting assignment at Providence Saturday night, is very familiar with PC head coach Ed Cooley.
Collins served as an assistant at Fairfield under Cooley from 2006-08, helping the Stags to a pair of winning records in conference play and the team's longest winning streak in 20 years.