MU Opens Road Swing At Seton Hall Wednesday
Feb. 6, 2018
The Marquette University men's basketball team (13-10, 4-7 BIG EAST) opens a three-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 7 when the squad travels to Seton Hall (17-6, 6-4 BIG EAST) at 6 p.m. CT in the Prudential Center. FS1 will feature the team's 23rd national television broadcast of the campaign, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday's matchup, the travel party will remain on the East Coast before facing St. John's on Feb. 10. Marquette will be meeting two (St. John's and Creighton) of the three teams on the current road trip for the first time in 2017-18.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 17 of the 24 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.
The Golden Eagles claimed the first meeting of the season on Jan. 9, downing then No. 13/15 SHU, 84-64, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The game was one of the best all-around efforts by MU all season long, particularly at the defensive end. The Pirates shot just 44.1 percent from the floor overall and 30.8 percent from long distance.
Theo John Looking For Momentum After Big Game
Freshman forward Theo John collected the best performance of his young career on Feb. 3 vs. Providence, reaching double figures in points for the second time in 2017-18.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota native finished with a personal-best 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor and also matched his career high with six rebounds. In 24 minutes off the bench he also found enough time to block a single-game high five shots and also had a steal.
Prior to Saturday, John had only reached double figures on one occasion (11 vs. DePaul) and went scoreless the next three games before his top offensive performance against the Friars.
Elliott Providing Scoring Punch From The Bench
While Marquette's overall offensive attack has been struggling in recent outings, freshman Greg Elliott has been a bright spot off the bench.
In the team's last two outings he has contributed and average of 11.5 points per game while shooting 6-of-9 (.667) from the floor and a perfect 10-fo-10 from the charity stripe. He matched his personal best with 13 points against Providence on Feb. 3 after netting 10 points vs. Butler on Jan. 31, but through the first 21 games of the year had only reached double figures on one occasion (13, at Villanova).
After shooting just 8-of-15 from the charity stripe in non-conference action, Elliott is now 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) in BIG EAST action.
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