Marquette Hosts Providence at 1 p.m. CT Saturday
Jan. 26, 2017
TV Info: FS Wisconsin | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) wraps up its two-game homestand at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 28 when the squad hosts Providence (13-9, 3-6 BIG EAST) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s action, Marquette will hit the road for games at St. John’s (Feb. 1) and DePaul (Feb. 4).
Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963
While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 22 games, the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.
The two programs first met in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the result was a 70-64 victory by PC. The teams would cross paths four years later in the same event and a slim 81-80 Marquette overtime win helped the squad to a runner-up finish under head coach Al McGuire. Providence ended MU’s run in the 1997 NCAA tournament with an 81-59 victory in Charlotte, N.C.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 16-6 and have claimed 13 of the last 15 outings. Marquette, which is 10-0 at home all-time against the Friars, owns a 3-4 mark on the road in the series. The two programs have split four neutral-site matchups.
Marquette swept the season series in 2015-16, winning 65-64 on the road on Jan. 5, 2016 thanks to a last-second basket by Duane Wilson and followed that up with a thrilling 96-91 victory in double overtime on Feb. 10 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
NABC Suits & Sneakers Week Jan. 23-29
Marquette’s coaching staff will be wearing sneakers with its suits for Saturday’s matchup with Providence, which recognizes and annual initiative by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week, January 23-29, 2017, is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise awareness about the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission, and promote the American Cancer Society as a place for help and support. While coaching games during the week, coaches wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.
Victory Over No. 1 Villanova Worth Noting
Marquette’s stunning 74-72 victory over No. 1 Villanova Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was worth nothing for a number of reasons.
i The win was just the second in program history (2-10) against the No. 1 team and first in the regular season. MU defeated top-ranked Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight.
i The team won back-to-back games against top-10 teams (No. 7 Creighton, No. 1 Villanova) for the first time since the 2003 NCAA tournament (No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 1 Kentucky).
i Marquette trailed by as many as 17 points, including 13 points with 6:40 remaining, and closed the game with a 19-4 run. The run included a 10-0 spurt that closed the gap to one possession with 2:51 left.
i Tuesday’s win snapped Marquette’s nine-game losing streak to the Wildcats, which dated back to the 2011-12 campaign.
Reinhardt Stepping Up In League Play
Senior guard Katin Reinhardt scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half of the win over No. 1 Villanova, including the game-winning free throws with 11 seconds on the clock. His performance continued a trend of critical contributions since the start of league play.
In BIG EAST play, Reinhardt is averaging 13.9 points per game while shooting 50.7 percent from the floor and 44.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. Each of those statistics is well above his per game contributions for the season. He also leads the team in assists (3.2 apg.) and is connecting on 82.4 percent of his chances from the charity stripe.
Along with his heroics in the Villanova win, he was just as critical at No. 7 Creighton. With 3:54 left in the first half, Marquette held a 38-37 advantage over the Bluejays and was in possession of the ball when Reinhardt took over. He collected a personal 10-0 run, pushing MU’s advantage to 48-37 in less than two minutes.
Reinhardt has missed three games this season with an Achilles injury suffered during the non-conference campaign and his improved health has resulted in increased production.
Fischer Collects Second-Straight Strong Performance
After contributing just four points and three rebounds total in games against DePaul and Butler, senior center Luke Fischer has responded with strong back-to-back performances in wins over two nationally ranked opponents.
Against Creighton and Villanova, Fischer combined to average 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) from the floor in a pair of starting assignments. He posted double figures in points in consecutive games for the first time since the non-conference season.
The Germantown, Wisconsin native is currently ranked second in the BIG EAST and sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (.647) and is on pace to be the program’s all-time leader in that category.
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