Marquette Welcomes Providence Saturday To BMO Harris Bradley Center
Jan. 24, 2013
TV Info: BIG EAST Network (Sports32 - Milwaukee, Green Bay, MSG - New York City, MASN - Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Brighthouse - Tampa, St. Pete, COX - New Orleans, Providence). | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (13-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) opens up a quick two-game homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes Providence (10-9, 2-5 BIG EAST) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The BIG EAST Network will feature Saturday's broadcast, with Mike Couzens (play-by-play) and Sean Kearney (analyst) calling the action. Following the matchup with the Friars, MU will have a quick turnaround as it hosts USF on Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Tale Of Two Halves In Overtime Loss At Cincinnati
Marquette scored just 13 points in the first half at Cincinnati last Saturday night and as a result found itself trailing by 16 points at the intermission.
The Golden Eagles missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the opening stanza and shot just 17.9 percent from the field as a team. MU's first-half point total was the lowest since it netted just 15 points versus North Carolina in the 2011 Sweet 16 matchup in Newark, N.J. The team would end up dropping that decision 81-63 to the Tar Heels to conclude the campaign.
Fortunately, MU found its shooting touch during the break and rallied to force overtime. The squad shot 52.0 percent from the field over the course of the final 20 minutes, including an impressive 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) clip from behind the 3-point line. The 50 second-half points were the most since Marquette scored 51 in the win over UMBC on Nov. 26.
Marquette Hoping To Continue Success vs. Friars
The Golden Eagles own an 11-4 advantage over the Friars in the all-time series and have claimed the last eight meetings in a row.
Marquette last dropped a decision to PC on Jan. 4, 2007, falling 74-59 on the road in the team's second year in the BIG EAST.
Marquette Collecting Close Calls In League Play
Marquette's first five conference games of the campaign have included three overtime contests and another one-possession outing, leaving little margin for error for the Golden Eagles.
Dating back to the start of the 2008-09 campaign, Marquette owns an overall record of 15-16 in games decided by three points-or-less and is 4-2 in overtime outings. Of the 31 games, 13 came during the 2009-10 season and six of those came in the final nine contests of the year. During that run, MU posted three-straight overtime victories against conference opponents on the road, but concluded the regular season with an extra-session loss to Notre Dame at home. The four overtime games that campaign marked a program single-season high in BIG EAST play.
NABC Hosting Annual Suits & Sneakers Weekend
Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, is slated for the weekend of Jan. 25 - Jan. 27, 2013. Participating NABC-member college men's basketball coaches, including Buzz Williams and the Marquette staff, will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during Saturday's game against Providence to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $70 million since 1993 to help the Society save lives by educating and empowering people to avoid cancer or find it early, helping people facing cancer make decisions and overcome obstacles in their personal fight investing in research that yields groundbreaking discoveries into cancer's causes and cures and helping pass laws that fight cancer and keep our communities healthy.
MU Hoping To Extend Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of an 19-game winning streak (tied for sixth-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST Conference play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) in the league. The Golden Eagles are 10-0 so far at home in 2012-13.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 323-87 (.788) and a 49-13 (.790) mark in BIG EAST Conference action.