Marquette Travels To Seton Hall Saturday
Feb. 5, 2015
TV Info: CBS College Sports | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (10-12, 2-8 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game road swing at Seton Hall (15-7, 5-5 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at 11 a.m. in BIG EAST Conference action from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. CBS College Sports will feature Marquette's 19th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jamie Erdahl (reporter) calling the action. Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles will return to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host Xavier on Feb. 10 to complete the home-and-home series between the two programs.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 13 of the 16 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 games.
The Pirates earned their first-ever win in Milwaukee with an 80-70 decision on Jan. 28 in the first matchup between the two squads this year. SHU had all five starters finish with double figures in points and the team shot 50 percent from the field overall and from behind the 3-point line. Senior guard Matt Carlino led the way for MU with 16 points, but the Golden Eagles weren't able to completely close the gap during a late run in the second half.
Johnson Provides Scoring Off The Bench At Villanova
Sophomore forward Jajuan Johnson was the lone Marquette player to finish in double figures at Villanova Wednesday night, marking the first time in league play he has scored 10-or-more points.
The Memphis, Tennessee native finished with 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench and also chipped in three rebounds. Johnson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, his first from long distance since scoring 13 points versus Morgan State (Dec. 28) in the non-conference finale.
Johnson reached double figures in points on four occasions in non-league play, including a career-best 22 points in the Dec. 16 win over Arizona State.
Carlino Carrying Offense In League Play
All-BIG EAST candidate Matt Carlino, who entering the season was the only MU player to ever average double figures in points for a campaign (at BYU), has picked up his offensive production during league competition.
The Phoenix, Arizona native is fifth in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg.) in BIG EAST outings and is also among the conference leaders in free throw percentage (2nd, .886), 3-pointers made (1st, 3.4 3-pt pg.), steals (2nd, 2.0 spg.), 3-point field goal percentage (11th, .410) and assists (13th, 2.7 apg.) through games of Feb. 4.
Carlino has reached double figures in scoring in nine of the last 10 outings and is ranked among the conference leaders in six different categories in BIG EAST play. Including his three years at BYU, he is now in possession of 1,521 points, 520 rebounds and 389 assists.
Duane Wilson One Of League's Top Freshmen
Redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson is second on the team in scoring and his season-long efforts have placed him in the conversation for the league's top newcomer award.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native's 11.9 points per game are the most by a newcomer in BIG EAST action and his season-long average (11.8 ppg.) is the second-best mark among league competitors. Wilson has reached double figures in points on 11 occasions this season, including five in conference play.
Wilson's breakthrough performance came at the Orlando Classic when he scored 30 points in the win over Tennessee.
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