Marquette Hosts Butler At 8 p.m. CT Tuesday
Feb. 3, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (12-10, 4-5 BIG EAST) returns home to host Butler (12-9, 2-7 BIG EAST) Tuesday night at 8 p.m. CT at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX Sports 1 will feature the television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action. The new schedule format in the 10-team league features home-and-home matchups with each program and the Bulldogs are the first repeat opponent for MU. After playing three games in six days, Marquette will have a week off prior to its next game, which comes Feb. 11 at Seton Hall.
Marquette-Butler Series Full Of History
With Butler’s 69-57 overtime victory on Jan. 4 the all-time series, which dates back to the 1922-23 campaign, is now even at 15-15.
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.
Marquette In Search Of Extended Win Streak
If the Golden Eagles are going to make a late push for consideration for the NCAA tournament, the team is going to have to put together an extended winning streak.
Unfortunately for MU, the squad hasn’t been able to win more than back-to-back games in 2013-14 and has alternated a win with a loss (12 games) dating back to a Dec. 17 victory over Ball State.
Marquette has claimed two victories in a row on three occasions this season. The squad opened the campaign with a pair of victories against Southern and Grambling State, claimed two decisions at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy and downed IUPUI and Ball State in non-league action in mid-December.
Anderson Finds Rebounds At St. John’s
Juan Anderson led the team with nine rebounds at St. John’s Saturday afternoon in just 17 minutes off the bench. Of his total, four came at the offensive end and he also chipped in two points.
Through the first eight games of BIG EAST play, Anderson had accounted for just 14 total rebounds and only had seven in the previous seven outings. The Oakland, Calif., native was one of the squad’s top rebounders in non-conference play, where he chipped in 4.8 rpg. Despite his lack of recent production, he is still third on the roster in offensive rebounds (33) and has collected five-or-more caroms in 10 outings this season.
Derrick Wilson Matches Top Offensive Performance
Junior guard Derrick Wilson finished with a team-best 14 points at St. John’s, marking the first time in his career he has led the squad in scoring.
The Anchorage, Alaska, native finished 5-of-7 from the floor in 29 minutes and also chipped in two assists and a steal. He also netted a personal-best 14 points earlier this season at Arizona State (Nov. 25).
Wilson has now reached double figures in points in five games in 2013-14.