No. 18/19 MU Hosts Cincinnati On National Marquette Day
Feb. 9, 2012
TV Info: ESPNU (Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh)
Radio Info: 540 ESPN & ESPNWisconsin.com (Steve True & Jim McIlvaine)
The Marquette University men's basketball team (20-5, 9-3 BIG EAST) returns home to face Cincinnati (17-7, 7-4 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT in the Bradley Center. ESPNU will feature MU's 15th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles will celebrate National Marquette Day on Saturday and all fans in attendance are encouraged to participate in the game's "Gold Out" promotion in the arena. The day's activities are highlighted by game-watching parties across the nation, which feature contests and prizes for the Marquette faithful.
Marquette Extends 20-Game Winning Streak
With the team's 89-76 victory at DePaul Monday night, the Golden Eagles were able to capture their 20th victory of the 2011-12 campaign and keep an impressive streak alive in the process.
Marquette has now claimed 20-or-more victories in each of the last seven campaigns, which dates back to the program's joining of the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06. Including this season, only MU and Syracuse (only league schools to appear in both national polls each week this year) have managed to reach that mark every season of competition. Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia and Villanova also each have a shot to reach the 20-win benchmark before the conclusion of the year.
MU, which also owns six-straight NCAA appearances, is currently in possession of 33 20-win seasons all-time in the 95-year history of the program.
Offense Picks Up Speed In Win Over DePaul
Trailing 41-29 late in the first half at DePaul, Marquette was able to take control with improved performances at both ends of the court.
Following the 12-point deficit, MU closed the game with a 60-35 run to rally for the 89-76 league victory. Every Golden Eagle starter reached double figures in points for the first time since the season-opening win over Mount Saint Mary's and the squad knocked down 22-of-23 free throw attempts.
Despite playing without a true center, Marquette netted 50 points in the paint.
Golden Eagles Rally For Yet Another Victory
The Golden Eagles have been big fans of the dramatic comeback in 2011-12, especially recently in BIG EAST Conference action.
Louisville jumped ahead 18-2 six minutes into the first half on Jan. 16 before MU was able to pull away for a 74-63 win. Villanova had the Golden Eagles down 28-10 midway through the first half, but a second-half surge allowed the squad to escape with an improbable 82-78 victory. MU was down by as many as 11 points in the first half Jan. 31 against Seton Hall, but eventually took the lead late in the second half and held on for the 66-59 decision.
In Monday's matchup with DePaul, Marquette found itself down 41-29 late in the first half before outscoring the Blue Demons by 25 points the rest of the game.
MU Running Out Of Room On The Bench
Of the nine players on the roster currently active, sophomore forward Jamil Wilson (6-7, 220) is sharing the center duties with senior Jae Crowder (6-6, 235). Sophomore forward Jamail Jones (6-6, 210) and freshman forward Juan Anderson (6-6, 210) have seen increased minutes following the injury to Gardner as Marquette attempts to manage with one of the smallest lineups in the country.
Otule is out for the season with an ACL injury (suffered vs. Washington on Dec. 6) and Gardner's return is uncertain after injuring his knee at Villanova on Jan. 28.
Jamil Wilson Plays Big In Win At DePaul
Sophomore forward Jamil Wilson, who is Marquette's starting center due to a frontline decimated by injuries, collected his best game as a Golden Eagle in the win over DePaul.
The Racine, Wis., native finished the night with his first career double-double, chipping in 18 points and 10 rebounds in 39 minutes of action. He also added two assists, two blocks and two steals while shooting 8-of-11 from the field.
Wilson owns at least one blocked shot in each of the team's last nine games and now ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in swats per game (1.25). His ranking jumps up to ninth (1.50 bpg.) in league-only outings through games of Feb. 8.
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