Marquette Hosts Creighton Saturday Night At 7 p.m. CT
Feb. 11, 2016
TV: FS Wisconsin, FS Detroit, FS Florida (Non Panthers), FS Midwest, FS North, FS Southeast, FS Southwest, FS West, MASN 2, Root Sports (Northwest and Pittsburgh region), Sports Time Ohio, YES, COX Sports New England, WCUU (Chicago)
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (16-9, 5-7 BIG EAST) wraps up a two-game homestand with a rare Saturday night game when the squad hosts Creighton (16-9, 7-5 BIG EAST) in the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 7 p.m. CT. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will take advantage of the team’s second bye in the league schedule before facing rival DePaul on the road on Feb. 20.
Marquette-Creighton Series Dates Back To 1922-23
While Marquette and Creighton are meeting for the just the third season in BIG EAST Conference play, the two programs are very familiar with each other.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 49-31 after the two teams split the home-and-home series in 2014-15, with each program winning on its respective home court. MU secured a 53-52 win over Creighton on Jan. 14, 2015 thanks to a last-second shot by guard Matt Carlino and multiple point-blank misses by the Bluejays as time expired.
Prior to 2013-14, the most recent meeting between the two programs came in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. MU posted an 80-68 victory in the opening round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center en route to an appearance in the event’s quarterfinals.
Marquette has claimed 22 of the last 29 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.
BIG EAST Schedule Produces Wait For Matchup
Already well past the midway point of the BIG EAST schedule, the Golden Eagles and Bluejays are meeting for the first time on Saturday evening.
While Marquette has already faced every other BIG EAST Conference team at least once and completed its home-and-home series with St. John’s (played twice in 14 days), Seton Hall and Xavier, the Golden Eagles have had to wait to face Creighton. With the team’s second bye in league play scheduled for next week, MU will take on Creighton twice in the squad’s next three outings.
Cheatham Making Name For Himself In BIG EAST Play
Guard Haanif Cheatham is one of the top newcomers in the BIG EAST Conference and has stepped up his production since the start of league action.
Through games of Feb. 10, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native is ranked among the league leaders in scoring (16th, 12.5 ppg.) and free throw percentage (11th, .824) in conference outings. His scoring average in 12 outings is second on the team, thanks in large part to back-to-back 21-point efforts against Xavier and Providence. In the two games, he combined to shoot 14-of-24 (58.2 percent) from the floor and 78.5 percent (11-of-14) from the charity stripe while grabbing 3.0 rebounds per contest.
Cheatham has reached double figures in points on 15 occasions this season, including eight of the team’s 12 BIG EAST matchups.
Ellenson, Cheatham One Of Best Newcomer Duos
Freshmen Henry Ellenson and Haanif Cheatham combined for 47 points in Wednesday’s game versus Providence, continuing a season-long trend that has the duo ranked among the top first-year scoring combos in the nation.
Through games of Feb. 10 (courtesy Stats, Inc.), Ellenson (16.6 ppg.) and Cheatham (11.4 ppg.) are contributing 28.0 points per contest, the ninth-best output in the nation among newcomers.
The Ellenson/Cheatham tandem has accounted for 50.6 percent (90-of-178) of the team’s total points in the last two outings.
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