Marquette Travels To Seton Hall Tuesday Night
Feb. 10, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (13-10, 5-5 BIG EAST) hits the road for BIG EAST Conference action when the squad travels to Seton Hall (13-10. 4-6 BIG EAST) Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT. FOX Sports 1 will feature the television broadcast from the Prudential Center in the first game of a Tuesday Showdown doubleheader, with Chris Carrino (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles will be returning to action Tuesday night after a week off and following the matchup with the Pirates will host Xavier on Feb. 15 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on National Marquette Day. Tipoff versus the Musketeers has been moved to 3 p.m. CT and will be featured on FOX.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 12 of the 14 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming after MU joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
SHU opened the series with a 96-78 victory over Marquette on March 17, 1956 in MU’s first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The Golden Eagles had claimed eight-straight wins in the series until falling 85-72 on the road in the 2010-11 regular-season finale.
Marquette swept the home-and-home series in 2012-13, winning 69-62 at home on Jan. 16 and claiming a 67-46 decision at the Prudential Center on Feb. 19.
The most recent matchup on Jan. 11, Marquette held on for a 67-66 victory at home. Senior forward Jamil Wilson led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds, his second career double-double, and junior guard Todd Mayo chipped in 19 points off the bench. MU led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but was able to hold off a late rally by the Pirates.
Marquette In Search Of Extended Win Streak
If the Golden Eagles are going to make a late push for consideration for the NCAA tournament, the team is going to have to put together an extended winning streak.
Unfortunately for MU, the squad hasn’t been able to win more than back-to-back games in 2013-14 and has alternated a win with a loss (13 games) dating back to a Dec. 17 victory over Ball State.
Marquette has claimed two victories in a row on three occasions this season. The squad opened the campaign with a pair of victories against Southern and Grambling State, claimed two decisions at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy and downed IUPUI and Ball State in non-league action in mid-December.
Mayo Holds Off Scoring Until Second Half Against Butler
Junior guard Todd Mayo has displayed a flare for the dramatic when it comes to scoring important baskets for the Golden Eagles and Tuesday’s win over Butler was another example.
The Huntington, W.V., native scored all of his 17 points in the second half and helped MU rally from a 10-point deficit. He accounted for seven-straight points in an 11-0 run by the Golden Eagles that resulted in a 64-57 advantage in the closing minutes of regulation.
Mayo finished 7-of-10 from the floor in 29 minutes off the bench and also found time to chip in four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
One game after his 3-pointer in the closing seconds forced overtime in the win at Georgetown (Jan. 20), Mayo scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 34 seconds of regulation against Villanova (Jan. 25), including a trio of free throws with five seconds left that tied the score at 77-77, to force overtime.
Marquette Looking For Winning Starting Combo
Marquette featured its sixth-different starting lineup of the campaign Feb. 4 in the win over Butler and the team’s third in the last four outings.
Sixth-year head coach Buzz Williams has been searching for a consistent combination in recent outings and as a result nine Golden Eagles have been on the court for the opening tip on at least one occasion in 2013-14. With senior Chris Otule coming off the bench versus the Bulldogs, classmate Jamil Wilson’s run of 23-straight is now tops on the team. Junior guard Derrick Wlson is second with eight-consecutive starting assignments.
In 2010-11, Williams used a career-high 11 starting combinations en route to the team’s first Sweet 16 appearance during his tenure. MU featured just two starting groups in 2008-09 when the roster featured seniors Dwight Burke, Dominic James, Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal.