Marquette Hits The Road To Face 6/5 Xavier
Feb. 4, 2016
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (15-8, 4-6 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game road swing at No. 6/5 Xavier (20-2, 8-2 BIG EAST) Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT from the Cintas Center. FS1 will feature the television broadcast, with Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the BIG EAST Conference action. Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to face No. 11/11 Providence at 6 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
MU’s Series With Xavier Has Long History
While the 2015-16 campaign marks just Xavier’s third in the BIG EAST Conference, the series between Marquette and the Musketeers has plenty of history.
The Golden Eagles own a 47-20 overall lead in matchups that date back to the 1958-59 campaign. MU dominated the pairings during the Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds era, at one point claiming 26-straight victories between 1969 and 1983. The lone NCAA tournament meeting came in 2010-11 and resulted in a 66-55 Marquette win in the opening round and started the team’s run to a Sweet 16 appearance. XU posted a 67-63 win over MU at home in the 2000 National Invitation Tournament.
The Musketeers have claimed the last four meetings and 5-of-6 overall, including a sweep of the home-and-home series in 2014-15. In the most recent outing, Marquette dropped a 74-66 to XU on Jan. 16 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Forward Henry Ellenson led the team with 20 points and seven rebounds in the first meeting, but Marquette shot just 34.3 percent from the floor as a team and Xavier forward James Farr chipped in 16 points and 19 rebounds off the bench.
Fischer Rebounds With Strong Offensive Effort
One game after being held scoreless for the first time in his Marquette career, junior center Luke Fischer responded with a team-high 17 points in Wednesday night’s game at Seton Hall.
The Germantown, Wisconsin, native finished 8-of-16 from the floor and also chipped in six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in 34 minutes of action. His 17 points were the most since he netted 18 against St. John’s on January 9 and his assist total matched a career-high.
Fischer is currently ranked among the league leaders in scoring (15th, 12.4 ppg.), rebounding (10th, 6.8 rpg.), field goal percentage (5th, .595), blocked shots (2nd, 1.8 bpg.) and offensive rebounds (3rd, 3.2 orpg.).
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.
Ellenson was also named on Thursday as one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, which is determined in early April.
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