Marquette Travels To DePaul Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 3, 2017
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-8, 5-5 BIG EAST) travels to DePaul (8-14, 1-8 BIG EAST) on Saturday, Feb. 4 for a 1 p.m. CT opening tip from Allstate Arena. FS1 will feature the squad’s 21st national television broadcast of the campaign, with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s outing, the Golden Eagles will return home to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host No. 16/15 Butler Tuesday night.
Plenty Of History In Marquette-DePaul Series
Marquette’s all-time series with DePaul dates back to the 1917-18 season (second year of MU’s varsity play) and includes 119 previous meetings.
The Golden Eagles own a 73-46 advantage in the series and have claimed nine of the last 11 matchups. The extensive series history has been aided by the fact the two programs have been in the same league dating back to the 1991-92 campaign. Since that season, the teams have shared affiliation in the Great Midwest Conference, Conference USA and BIG EAST Conference.
In program history, Marquette has faced only Wisconsin (123) on more occasions.
The Golden Eagles posted an 83-58 victory over the Blue Demons on Jan. 14 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the first meeting this season between the two programs. Junior guard Andrew Rowsey netted a season-high 24 points in that matchup, finishing 9-of-10 from the floor overall and 6-of-7 from behind the 3-point line.
Saturday’s game will be the final trip to Allstate Arena for Marquette. DePaul will move into the newly constructed Wintrust Arena in time for the 2016-17 campaign.
Rowsey Picks Up Offensive Production
Junior forward Andrew Rowsey scored a season-high 24 points in the first matchup with DePaul, marking the start of a current six-game run that has seen him reach double figures in points in five of the team’s outings.
Since the Jan. 14 victory over the Blue Demons, Rowsey is contributing a team-best 16.3 points per game while shooting an extremely efficient 60.0 percent (30-of-50) from the field overall and 20-of-34 (58.8 percent) from behind the 3-point line. The league’s top free throw shooter is 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the charity stripe during that time and has scored 20-or-more points three times (leads team with six on the year).
The Lexington, Virginia native collected double figures on six occasions over the course of the team’s first 16 contests.
Heldt Takes Advantage Of Extended Minutes
Sophomore center played 18 minutes in Wednesday night’s game at St. John’s, his most since 23 minutes on the court Jan. 14 versus DePaul.
The Neenah, Wisconsin native made the most of his opportunity, finishing with four points, six rebounds and two assists off the bench. His board total was the second-best on the team and his assist total marked a personal high.
Heldt has appeared in all 22 games this season, earning one starting assignment (vs. IUPUI).
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