Marquette Hosts 22/21 Butler Tuesday Night at 8 p.m. CT
Feb. 6, 2017
TV Info: CBS Sports Network | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (15-8, 6-5 BIG EAST) returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host No. 22/21 Butler (18-5, 7-4 BIG EAST) on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. CT. CBS Sports Network will feature the national television broadcast, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Allie Laforce (reporter) calling the action. Following Tuesday's action, the Golden Eagles will travel to Georgetown on Saturday, Feb. 11 before enjoying the team's second week-long bye in conference action.
Marquette-Butler Series Full Of History
The all-time series, which dates back to the 1922-23 campaign, is narrowly led by Butler, 19-17, following its win earlier this season at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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.
On Jan. 11, Butler was able to rally from an 18-point deficit early in the second half to down Marquette 88-80. The matchup was the first of three-straight for MU against top-15 programs.
Balanced Scoring Key To Offensive Success
Marquette's offensive attacked is among the best in all of college basketball and a large reason for its success has been the roster's balanced scoring.
Through games of Feb. 5, the Golden Eagles are one of just two programs (UCLA) in the nation to feature at least six players averaging in double figures for the year. MU is also one of just two teams (USC Upstate) that has seven-or-more players with 200 total points (courtesy Stats, Inc.).
Fischer A Force At Both Ends In DePaul Win
Senior center Luke Fischer continued a recent trend of strong play and collected one of his best all-around games in the win over DePaul.
The Germantown, Wisconsin native finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots in just 26 minutes of action. He finished 6-of-8 from the floor and is now second in the BIG EAST and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.647). Fischer's 136 career blocked shots are the fifth-most in program history.
Marquette's school record for blocks in a game was set by current radio analyst Jim McIlvaine, who swatted 13 attempts against Northeastern Illinois on Dec. 9, 1992. McIlvaine and two others have finished with eight blocks in an outing on seven occasions.
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