Marquette Welcomes Butler Saturday Morning
Jan. 28, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-7, 3-5 BIG EAST) returns to BIG EAST Conference action Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT when the squad hosts Butler (14-6, 3-5 BIG EAST) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s game, MU will hit the road for back-to-back games against Seton Hall (Feb. 3) and No. 7/8 Xavier (Feb. 6).
Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week
During Suits and Sneakers Week, January 25-31, 2016, coaches and their staff across the nation will wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness about the fight against cancer.
Specially-designed ‘Princess Lacey’s Laces’ will provide an additional opportunity to raise awareness, while honoring Lacey and further amplifying the need to continue raising funds for pediatric 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 $93 million to support the Society’s mission. The coaching staffs for both schools will wear sneakers with their suits on Saturday and Marquette players will feature special shoes for the game.
Marquette-Butler Series Full Of History
The all-time series, which dates back to the 1922-23 campaign, features a slim 17-16 edge by Butler after sweeping the home-and-home series in 2014-15.
MU claimed the first-ever meeting 18-17 on Dec. 16, 1922, only to see the Bulldogs claim the next nine matchups. Marquette also collected a nine-game win streak between 1942 and 1990, with the last two contests during that run coming when both programs were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
Following Marquette’s move to the Great Midwest Conference in 1991-92, the two teams wouldn’t meet until Butler beat the Golden Eagles at the buzzer in the opening game of the 2012 Maui Invitational. MU would return the favor in the 2013 NCAA tournament, downing the Bulldogs 74-72 in the closing seconds to earn a trip to the squad’s third-straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Johnson With Strong Return After Injury
Junior Jajuan Johnson played just 10 minutes against St. John’s on Jan. 9 after leaving with a neck injury and missed the squad’s next outing at Villanova, but since his return four games ago he has been able to elevate his contributions.
In the team’s last four outings, the Memphis, Tennessee, native has posted 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from the floor and 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line in 26.0 minutes per outing.
His recent run was highlighted by Wednesday night’s team-best 22-point effort against Stetson. Johnson finished 9-of-16 from the floor and matched his career-best point total (vs. Arizona St., Dec. 16, 2014). He also chipped in six rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes.
Cheatham Nearly Doubles Up In Stetson Victory
Guard Haanif Cheatham has been remarkably consistent offensively all season long and as a result is one of the top newcomers in the league.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native narrowly missed his first career double-double Wednesday night, finishing with 13 points and a personal-best nine rebounds in the win over Stetson. He also chipped in two assists and a steal in 30 minutes and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Cheatham has reached double figures in points in nine of the team’s previous 11 outings and previous to the matchup with the Hatters owned a single-game best of six rebounds (at Villanova).
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