Marquette Hosts No. 4/5 Villanova Saturday At 1 p.m. CT
Jan. 23, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-8, 3-3 BIG EAST) returns home to face No. 4/5 Villanova (16-2, 5-1 BIG EAST) Saturday at 1 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX Sports 1 will feature the broadcast, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles will wrap up their two-game homestand against Providence at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 30.
NABC's Suits & Sneakers Weekend Jan. 24-26
The Marquette and Villanova men's basketball staffs will join more than 4,000 basketball coaches from across the country as they lace up for the fight against cancer and step out of their loafers, oxfords, and wingtips and into sneakers during games as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, set for January 24-26.
The nationwide event raises awareness about the fight against cancer, highlights the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing a person's cancer risk, and promotes the American Cancer Society's free programs and services available to those facing cancer.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program seeks to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living among students, faculty and staff, fans and the community at large.
Since its inception in 1993, the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer initiative has raised more than $87 million to support the Society's mission.
Marquette Owns Home Conference Win Streak
While Marquette's overall home-court winning streak, which was the longest in the nation at the time, came to an end with the Nov. 16 loss to nationally ranked Ohio State, the team remains in possession of one of the longest current conference home winning streaks.
The Golden Eagles have claimed 20-straight wins in BIG EAST Conference action dating back to the start of the 2011-12 campaign, which is the third-longest streak in the nation (courtesy Stats, Inc.). Cincinnati was the last league program to leave the BMO Harris Bradley Center victorious, posting a 67-60 win on Senior Day on March 2, 2011.
Gonzaga is currently in possession of the nation's longest run, having won 23 consecutive at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Marquette is in possession of an overall record of 40-2 at home since the start of 2011-12.
Marquette & Villanova Familiar League Opponents
Villanova holds an 12-9 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1960, but over half of the matchups have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
Saturday's matchup with the Wildcats will be the 11th between the two programs since sixth-year head coach Buzz Williamstook over in 2008-09 (14th since 2005-06). MU hasn't faced any single BIG EAST opponent on more occasions that it has Villanova. The team is 4-6 versus the Wildcats under Williams, with two of the victories coming at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Along with matchups in the BIG EAST Conference Championship, the two teams also squared off in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the 1980 NCAA Championship. Marquette downed the Wildcats 66-58 in the NIT, but fell 77-59 in the opening round of the NCAA's in Providence, R.I.
Mayo, Rest Of Bench Help MU Rally At Georgetown
While Todd Mayo's3-pointer with less than six seconds left in regulation at Georgetown was the shot featured on FOX Sports Live Monday night, the effort of the entire bench corps is worth of recognition.
Sophomore forward Steve Taylor, Jr., finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. The Chicago, Ill., native had appeared in just three of the team's previous 10 games for a total of just 12 minutes.
Freshman guard John Dawsonposted personal bests in nearly every category, including minutes (31) and points (12). He finished 4-of-7 from the field and assisted on four baskets while turning it over on just one occasion. Of his points, seven came in overtime. Entering the game at Georgetown, Taylor, Jr., and Dawson had combined to score 36 points on the season.
Mayo's left-wing trey was his first of the game and knotted the score at 65-65. He finished with six points and one rebound in 15 minutes of action.