No. 24 Marquette Hosts DePaul Saturday On Al McGuire Day
Feb. 7, 2013
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The No. 24/rv Marquette University men’s basketball team (16-5, 7-2 BIG EAST) returns home Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT to face DePaul (10-12, 1-8 BIG EAST) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Al McGuire Day. The BIG EAST Network will feature the television broadcast, with Quint Kessenich (play-by-play) and John Celestand (analyst) calling the action. Following the matchup with the Blue Demons, the Golden Eagles will have a quick turnaround as the squad travels to No. 20/21 Georgetown on Monday, Feb. 11. The contest will be featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast package.
Golden Eagles To Honor Al McGuire Saturday
Marquette will host the program’s annual “Al McGuire Day” Saturday afternoon when the team faces DePaul, in honor of the legendary former MU men’s basketball coach.
In 13 seasons at Marquette, McGuire compiled an overall record of 295-80 and led the program to the 1977 NCAA Championship. He guided MU to a total of 13 postseason appearances, including the 1970 National Invitation Tournament title and nine trips to the NCAA’s. McGuire was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
McGuire had a tremendous amount of success in the series against DePaul, which dates back to 1918. Under his guidance, the team posted an overall record of 21-5 versus the Blue Demons, including a run of 19-straight victories.
Marquette leads the all-time series with DePaul 67-44 and has only faced Wisconsin (118) and Notre Dame (116) on more occasions in school history. MU claimed an 89-76 victory on Feb. 6, 2012 in the most recent outing between the two programs.
Marquette Continues Road Success With Win At USF
Midway through the BIG EAST campaign, Marquette finds itself in possession of a share of first place along with Syracuse at 7-2 entering play on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles are coming off an impressive 70-47 victory at USF Wednesday night. The 23-point margin of victory marked the largest in a road win since MU downed Seton Hall 89-64 on Feb. 12, 2008. Four players finished in double figures against the Bulls and Marquette as able to turn 19 USF turnovers into 28 points.
The team’s efforts on the road under head coach Buzz Williams has played a large role in the program’s overall success. Since the 2008-09 campaign, MU has posted a 20-20 record in conference road games. Only Syracuse (29-12), Louisville (23-18) and Pittsburgh (22-19) have records above .500 during that time span.
In all road games since the beginning of 2008-09, Marquette is 23-25. Only five league schools own more victories away from their respective home courts during that time.
MU Owns Extended Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 21-game winning streak (fifth-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) in the league. The Golden Eagles are 12-0 so far at home in 2012-13.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 325-87 (.788) and a 51-13 (.797) mark in BIG EAST action.
Marquette claimed an amazing 81-straight home games from 1967-73 for the longest run in school history and is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
Bench Has Been Providing Spark At Both Ends
With the contribution of several players to the bench corps, MU’s impressive depth advantage over opponents has been magnified.
MU’s group of players not in the starting lineup is currently contributing 29.9 points (fifth-most in nation through Feb. 6) and 17.5 boards per game, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field as a unit. Opposing reserves, however, are chipping in just 14.3 points and 11.4 boards per contest and shooting 42.0 percent from the floor overall.
Marquette’s bench accounts for 42.1 percent of the team’s total offense per night (69.2 ppg.), which is the fourth-highest percentage in the nation through games of Feb. 6 (courtesy Stats, Inc.). MU’s bench chipped in just 16.6 points per game in 2011-12.