Marquette Travels To St. John's Saturday Morning
Feb. 9, 2018
The Marquette University men's basketball team (14-10 5-7 BIG EAST) continues its three-game road swing at St. John's (12-13, 1-11 BIG EAST) on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. CT in Carnesecca Arena. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Rich Ackerman (play-by-play) and Vin Parise (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's matchup, the Golden Eagles will enjoy their second bye week of the BIG EAST campaign before traveling to Creighton on Saturday, Feb. 17.
MU-St. John's Series Includes Several Highlights
The all-time series (Marquette leads 19-11) began in 1959-60 and prior to the clinching of the BIG EAST title on the last day of the regular season in 2012-13, the series' top highlight was a 65-53 Marquette win in the championship game of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament.
MU claimed the title under the direction of legendary head coach Al McGuire, who played for three seasons at St. John's (1948-51). In his first season with the Redmen, he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 points per game average. The next season, St. John's finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. He finished his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA. The team concluded the 1951 season with a 26-5 record.
McGuire's coaching career at Marquette included the 1977 national title, nine NCAA tournament appearances and a 295-80 overall record.
The teams split the home-and-home series in 2016-17, with each team winning on its respective home court. MU claimed a 93-71 decision on Feb. 21, 2017 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the most recent meeting. Center Matt Heldt finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Coaches Powering Forward For Autism Speaks
This year, coaches from around the country will be raising money for autism through Coaches Powering Forward for Autism benefiting Autism Speaks. Coaches will also be wearing the blue puzzle piece pin on their suit jackets during the games this weekend (Feb. 9-11). This is part of college basketball's autism awareness weekend, an effort started by Towson head men's basketball coach Pat Skerry and USF assistant men's basketball coach Tom Herrion. It has since gone national with support from the NABC and Autism Speaks.
Hauser Finally Claims First Double-Double
Sophomore forward Sam Hauser collected his first career double-double in Wednesday night's win over Seton Hall, narrowly missing multiple opportunities in his first 55 appearances.
The Stevens Point, Wisconsin native finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes against the Pirates and shot 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. All of his boards came at the defensive end and he knocked down a pair of free throws in the closing moments to secure the win.
Hauser had just missed double-doubles on six previous occasions during his career, finishing with nine rebounds three times as a freshman in 2016-17 and three more this season.
Heldt Presence At Both Ends In Seton Hall Victories
Junior center Matt Heldt played a key role in both of the wins over Seton Hall, collecting two of his best efforts of the season against the Pirates.
The Neenah, Wisconsin native averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the two victories and combined to shoot 8-of-11 from the field. In Wednesday night's win, he chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds and his two free throws with eight seconds left gave Marquette a two-possession lead.
As the primary defender on all-league performer Angel Delgado in both games, Heldt and friends held him to a combined 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from the field and held him below his second rebound average in both contest.
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