MU Hosts No. 9/10 Syracuse Saturday On National Marquette Day

Jan. 27, 2011

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The Marquette University men's basketball team (13-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon when the team hosts No. 9/10 Syracuse at 2 p.m. CT at the Bradley Center on National Marquette Day. ESPNU will feature Marquette's ninth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Mark Jones (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.

Coaches Vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Weekend

During Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, Jan. 28-30, basketball coaches nationwide will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games that weekend to show their support.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event's seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease.

The Marquette coaching staff and players will participate by wearing pink tennis shoes during Saturday's game against Syracuse.

Syracuse Remains Elusive BIG EAST Victory For MU

Already in its sixth season in the BIG EAST Conference, Marquette has found some measure of success against every school in the league, except Syracuse.

The Orange remain the lone conference opponent the Golden Eagles have yet to defeat since joining the league in 2005-06. Syracuse has claimed each of the four meetings since that season, including a 76-71 decision at the Carrier Dome in 2009-10. In two of the outings, Syracuse has been ranked among the nation's top-25 programs.

MU has dropped seven of the nine all-time matchups, last claiming a 79-68 victory in 1983-84, which was the first season under Rick Majerus.

Golden Eagles Difficult To Defeat By Double Digits

Marquette's tendency to play in close games (16-of-34 decided by four-or-less points in 2009-10) in recent seasons has been well documented, but just as impressive is the team's ability to perform at a high level on a nightly basis.

Since the start of the 2009-10 campaign, Marquette has been defeated by 10-or-more points on just one occasion. MU was defeated by Georgetown 80-57 in the 2010 BIG EAST Conference Championship. Through games of Jan. 26, the Golden Eagles are one of just 12 teams in the nation not to have fallen by double digits in 2010-11. MU has played four of the other programs (Duke, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin) on the list.

Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the first under Buzz Williams, Marquette has been defeated by 10-or-more points a total of six times. That's the ninth-lowest total among all NCAA Division I teams. Butler and Kansas top the list with just four 10-point setbacks.

What makes Marquette's ability to remain in every game even more impressive is the fact the team's schedule has included a total of 30 games against top-25 opponents.




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