Marquette Travels To Georgetown For BIG Monday Matchup
Feb. 10, 2013
TV Info: ESPN | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (17-5, 8-2 BIG EAST) hits the road for a BIG EAST Conference matchup with Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 BIG EAST) Monday night at 6 p.m. CT from the Verizon Center. ESPN will feature MU’s 14th national television broadcast, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Bill Raftery (analyst) on the call as part of the network’s “Big Monday” package.
The Golden Eagles are in the middle of a stretch that sees the team play 5-of-7 games on the road and Monday’s outing will be the squad’s fourth contest in nine days. Following the matchup with the Hoyas, Marquette returns home to host Pittsburgh on Feb. 16 on CBS. The Golden Eagles will honor the 10-year anniversary of the 2003 Final Four team at halftime against the Panthers.
BIG EAST Success Has Led To Postseason Action
Marquette enters play Monday evening in first place in the BIG EAST Conference with an 8-2 record in 2012-13.
The Golden Eagles have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success since joining the league in 2005-06 and are coming off a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) last year. In the seven campaigns since MU started play in the conference, the Golden Eagles are the lone team to finish .500-or-better in BIG EAST play each of those seasons. As a result, Marquette is the only current member of the league to compete in the NCAA Championship each of those years as well.
With eight games (five on the road) left in the regular season, Marquette needs just one victory to assure itself of at least a .500 mark in BIG EAST competition in 2012-13.
Marquette-Georgetown Series Limited & Even
Marquette’s 49-48 win over Georgetown on Jan. 5 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center tied the all-time series, with each program in possession of seven victories.
All but two of the matchups have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06. The teams first met during the 1941-42 campaign, with the Hoyas claiming a slim 35-34 victory. The squads wouldn’t meet again until 1971-72 and that matchup resulted in a 88-44 win for MU and was part of a run that saw the program claim its first 22 games that campaign.
Georgetown has won three of the last five contests and Marquette last claimed a victory at the Verizon Center in Buzz Williams’ first year as head coach in 2008-09, a 78-72 win on Feb. 21.
Free Throw Line Proving To Be Difference In League Play
In two (2008-09, 2010-11) of the previous four seasons under head coach Buzz Williams, the Golden Eagles have completed the season with more free throws made as a team than their opponents have attempted.
Marquette has rediscovered that winning formula in league play and as a result is a 8-2 in the conference slate so far. Through 10 outings, MU is 189-of-251 (.753) from the charity stripe and opponents have knocked down just 134-of-189 (.709) from the line.
That disparity translates into an average of 5.5 (18.9-13.4) more points per contest for Marquette, not only because of its ability to get to the line, but also to convert on its chances. Those points have been very valuable in a pair of overtime outings and another one-possession contest.
For the season overall, Marquette is 366-of-495 (.739 - first in BIG EAST) and opponents are 269-of-392 (.686).
Balanced Scoring Allows MU To Match Season High
Marquette entered Saturday’s matchup with DePaul averaging just 67.6 points per game in BIG EAST Conference play.
The Golden Eagles posted an 89-78 win over the Blue Demons thanks to 56.4 percent shooting from the floor, which allowed five players to finish with double figures in points. Marquette’s point total marked a season high, which it also reached in an 89-62 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 20 at the Maui Invitational. MU’s final field goal percentage versus DePaul was the squad’s second-best effort in 2012-13. The Golden Eagles converted on 60 percent of their shots in the Dec. 29 win over NC Central.
Junior guard Vander Blue led the group of five players in double figures with 18 points and senior Junior Cadougan chipped in 17 points. The last time Marquette had five players score 10-or-more points in a game came in 2011-12 against DePaul as well.