Marquette Hosts 20/17 Providence Wednesday Night
Feb. 9, 2016
TV: CBS Sports Network | Radio: 540 AM
The Marquette University men's basketball team (15-9, 4-7 BIG EAST) opens a two-game homestand Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT when the squad hosts No. 20/17 Providence (18-6, 6-5 BIG EAST) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. CBS Sports Network will feature the national television broadcast, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) calling the action. MU will wrap up the homestand with a rare Saturday night matchup when the team faces Creighton at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.
Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963
While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 21 games, the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.
The two programs first met in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the result was a 70-64 victory by PC. The teams would cross paths four years later in the same event and a slim 81-80 Marquette overtime win helped the squad to a runner-up finish under head coach Al McGuire. Providence ended MU's run in the 1997 NCAA tournament with an 81-59 victory in Charlotte, N.C.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 15-6 and have claimed 12 of the last 14 outings. Marquette, which is 9-0 at home all-time against the Friars, owns a 3-4 mark on the road in the series. The two programs have split four neutral-site matchups.
Marquette edged Providence 65-64 on Jan. 5 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, thanks to a last-second basked by Duane Wilson and a blocked shot at the buzzer by Henry Ellenson. Wilson finished the game with 11 points and Ellenson chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Ellenson, Cheatham One Of Best Newcomer Duos
Freshmen Henry Ellenson and Haanif Cheatham combined for 43 points in Saturday's game at Xavier, continuing a season-long trend that has the duo ranked among the top first-year scoring combos in the nation.
Through games of Feb. 7 (courtesy Stats, Inc.), Ellenson (16.3 ppg.) and Cheatham (11.0 ppg.) are contributing 27.3 points per contest, the ninth-best output in the nation among newcomers.
The Ellenson/Cheatham tandem netted 52.4 percent (43-of-82) of the team's points in the setback to the Musketeers, combining to shoot 14-of-21 from the field and 12-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Freshmen Learning On The Job In BIG EAST Play
Marquette's roster, which features just one player (Jajuan Johnson) in possession of more than one year of playing experience with the Golden Eagles entering 2015-16, is one of the youngest in the nation.
According to KenPom.com, Marquette features the eighth-youngest roster in all of collegiate basketball and the third youngest among the top-five RPI leagues. The experience value is in terms of years of college experience where a player's eligibility class is assumed to determine this. The experience calculation weights the experience of each player on the roster based on minutes played.
Through the team's first 11 conference outings, MU's first-year players are accounting for a league-high 45.7 percent (1006-of-2200) of the team's total minutes. Forward Henry Ellenson leads the way with 34.7 minutes per game and Haanif Cheatham (30.3 mpg.) and Traci Carter (21.5 mpg.) combine to collect a majority of the playing time.
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