MU Heads To St. John's For Super Saturday
Jan. 31, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-9, 4-4 BIG EAST) hits the road for BIG EAST Conference action at St. John’s (12-9, 2-6 BIG EAST) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT. FOX Sports 1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action. The league matchup is the first game of a Super Saturday doubleheader at Madison Square Garden, which also features Georgetown facing nationally ranked Michigan State in the second outing of the twinbill. The games are part of several events being produced by FOX in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
MU-St. John’s Series Includes Pair Of Titles
Marquette leads the all-time series (15-6) with St. John’s and has claimed victories in 13 of the previous 14 outings.
The most recent matchup came last season and resulted in a 69-67 MU victory in overtime (March 9, 2013), which allowed the Golden Eagles to claim a share of their first-ever BIG EAST Conference title. Guard Vander Blue’s driving layup as time expired proved to be the difference and he led the team with 16 points. Forward Davante Gardner chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
The series began in 1959-60 and prior to last season, the series’ top highlight was a 65-53 Marquette win in the championship game of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament. MU claimed the title under the direction of legendary head coach Al McGuire, who played for three seasons at St. John’s (1948-51) and helped guide the program to three NIT appearances.
The Golden Eagles are 6-1 against the Red Storm under sixth-year head coach Buzz Williams. The lone setback came at home in 2010-11.
Lineup Shuffle Helps Lead To Win Over Providence
Head coach Buzz Williams changed the starting lineup for the first time in seven games (fifth version this season) and 11 different players saw extended action in Thursday night’s win over Providence.
As a result, 10 players competed for at least 10 minutes on the court and all but one (Steve Taylor, Jr.) was able to contribute at least one point and everyone chipped in one-or-more rebounds. The Golden Eagles featured hockey-like line changes throughout the contest, as Williams substituted five players at a time.
Providence, on the other hand, had each of its five starters on the floor for at least 30 minutes.
Otule Reaches Another Milestone, Freshmen Join Him
Sixth-year center Chris Otule added another accomplishment to his career when he started his 100th career game Thursday night in the win over Providence.
Otule has now appeared in 113 games since joining the roster in 2008-09 and is putting together the best season statistically of his career. Junior Juan Anderson is second on the roster with 43 career starting assignments.
Freshmen Deonte Burton and Jajuan Johnson were on the court for the opening tip (Otule is 18-3 this season), which Otule won, marking the first-ever respective start for both players in their young careers and just 99 behind Otule.
Coaches Across Country Raise Awareness For Autism
Marquette head coach Buzz Williams is one of nearly 100 men’s basketball coaches throughout the country that will be wearing the “Autism Speaks” pin on his suit jacket today. Towson’s Pat Skerry and Marshall’s Tom Herrion, each who have sons on the autism spectrum, have started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this disease.