Marquette Wraps Up Road Swing At Georgetown Monday
Jan. 19, 2014
The Marquette University men's basketball team (10-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) wraps up a quick two-game road swing at Georgetown (11-6, 3-3 BIG EAST) Monday night at 8 p.m. CT from the Verizon Center. FOX Sports 1 will feature the special broadcast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Stu Jackson (analyst) calling the action. The Verizon Center is hosting a MLK Day doubleheader, with the NBA's Washington Wizards entertaining the Philadelphia 76ers at 1 p.m. CT.
MU's Start To League Schedule Tough To Match
It can be argued the beginning (first six games) of the 2013-14 BIG EAST Conference schedule for Marquette is as tough as any encountered by league programs this season.
Only the Golden Eagles and DePaul open with 4-of-6 on the road and that run includes three first-ever trips in conference action for MU to Creighton, Xavier and Butler. Through games of Jan. 18, that quartet (including Georgetown) of teams has combined to post an overall record of 37-4 in their respective home arenas.
BIG EAST Signs Tourney Sponsor, Tickets On Sale
The BIG EAST and FOX Sports on Monday announced that NEW YORK LIFE, one of the largest life insurers in the world, has agreed to become the presenting sponsor of all BIG EAST conference championships through the 2014-15 academic year, highlighted by a comprehensive sponsorship of the BIG EAST men's basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden.
Tournament tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.com or through the league's official website, BIGEAST.com.
Marquette-Georgetown Series Almost Even
Georgetown owns a slim 8-7 advantage in the-all-time series against Marquette, with all but two of the matchups coming since MU joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
The programs first met during the 1941-42 campaign and the Hoyas were able to claim a 35-34 victory. The next meeting didn't come until the 1971-72 season and Marquette posted an 88-44 decision. The series resumed in 2005-06 and the squads have met on 13 occasions since that year. MU is 5-4 against Georgetown under head coach Buzz Williams, including a 78-72 win at the Verizon Center in 2008-09.
In the most recent outing, Georgetown posted a 63-55 win on Feb. 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Forward Jamil Wilsonled the team with 13 points, but the Hoyas turned 19 MU turnovers into 24 points.
Monday night's matchup will end a run of seven-straight games where at least one of the two teams was nationally ranked when the contest was played.
Marquette's Defensive Unit Among Nation's Best
One constant during the 2013-14 campaign has been the team's effort at the defensive end of the court.
Through games of Jan. 18, the Golden Eagles rank first in the BIG EAST and 36th in the nation in scoring defense (63.6 ppg.). The squad's field goal percentage defense (.394) is 41st in the country and third in the league. MU's opposition is only converting on 64.0 percent of its chances from the charity stripe, the fifth-lowest mark in NCAA Division I.
Offensive Attack Struggling In League Play
The Golden Eagles shot just 30.8 percent from the floor in Saturday's loss at Butler, continuing a trend of offensive struggles in BIG EAST Conference play. All of Marquette's offensive numbers have decreased since New Year's Eve and the league opener at Creighton. Since that date, MU is averaging just 63.6 points per game, shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Defensively, league opponents are shooting nearly as well from behind the 3-point line (41.1 percent) as they are from the field overall (42.3 percent).
Bench Unable To Provide Help At Butler
Marquette's reserve corps, which has been productive all season long, was unable to provide a significant contribution at Butler.
Junior guard Todd Mayo'sfour points, which all came in overtime, were the only offensive contributions netted by the four players who saw action off the bench. The group also chipped in three rebounds and a blocked shot.
In the first 17 games of the campaign, Marquette's bench unit was accounting for 46.5 percent of the team's offensive output and had reached double figures in points in every outing. The previous low total was 14 points in the win over DePaul.