Marquette Travels To Seton Hall Wednesday Night
Feb. 1, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 15 of the 19 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming after MU joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
SHU opened the series with a 96-78 victory over Marquette on March 17, 1956 in MU's first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The next meeting wouldn't come until 50 years later when Marquette moved to the BIG EAST. Since that outing on Jan. 11, 2006, MU has claimed all but two of the contests.
MU earned wins in two of the three matchups (third meeting came in BIG EAST Tournament) last season against the Pirates, but SHU was able to claim an 83-63 decision on Dec. 30 this season at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the league lidlifter for both programs. Four players for Marquette finished with double figures in points in the first meeting, but MU shot just 37.5 percent from the floor for the game. Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham led the way with 17 points and classmate Henry Ellenson chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Henry Ellenson Earns Weekly Award, Again
Freshman forward Henry Ellenson was named the league’s newcomer of the week for the fifth time this season, the conference office announced Monday morning.
Ellenson collected a pair of double-doubles in wins over Stetson and Butler, averaging 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest in those outings. He knocked down all of his 3-point attempts and combined to shoot 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. Ellenson’s week was highlighted by a career-high 32-point effort against the Bulldogs, a game in which he also contributed 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Ellenson’s 32 points marked a single-game high (second-best among all players) by any freshman in the BIG EAST Conference this season and are the most by a Marquette freshman since Dwyane Wade scored 35 points at DePaul in 2001-02.
Former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony (2002-03) holds the BIG EAST single-season record with 10 weekly honors. Marquette’s Dominic James claimed the accolade six times in 2005-06, the fourth-highest total in league history.
Carter Dials Long Distance En Route To Career High
Entering Saturday afternoon’s outing against Butler, freshman guard Traci Carter had knocked down 12 3-point attempts in 2015-16 and had scored a total of nine points in the team’s previous four outings.
He found his shooting touch against the Bulldogs, however, finishing with a career-best 15 points on five treys in 21 minutes off the bench. He was 5-of-7 from long distance and netted 12 of his points following halftime. The Philadelphia, Pa., native also found time to chip in four assists, three rebounds and his third blocked shot of the campaign.
Carter, who is ranked among the league leaders in assists (5th, 4.4 apg.) and assist-to-turnover ratio (9th, 1.9), has now reached double figures in points four times (vs. Arizona State, Maine, at Villanova) this season.
Freshmen Learning On The Job In BIG EAST Play
Marquette’s roster, which features just one player (Jajuan Johnson) in possession of more than one year of playing experience with the Golden Eagles entering 2015-16, is one of the youngest in the nation.
According to KenPom.com, Marquette features the eighth-youngest roster in all of collegiate basketball and the third youngest among the top-five RPI leagues. The experience value is in terms of years of college experience where a player’s eligibility class is assumed to determine this. The experience calculation weights the experience of each player on the roster based on minutes played.
Through the team’s first nine conference outings, MU’s first-year players are accounting for a league-high 45.8 percent (826-of-1800) of the team’s total minutes. Forward Henry Ellenson leads the way with 34.8 minutes per game and Haanif Cheatham (31.2 mpg.) and Traci Carter (20.4 mpg.) combine to collect a majority of the playing time.
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