Marquette Travels To Creighton Saturday At 12 p.m. CT

Senior Juan Anderson has narrowly missed two double-doubles.
Feb. 12, 2015

TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN

The Marquette University men’s basketball team (11-13, 3-9 BIG EAST) hits the road to face Creighton (11-14, 2-10 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. CT in BIG EAST Conference action. FOX Sports 1 will feature Marquette’s 21st national television broadcast of the campaign, with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action on the Valentine’s Day matchup from the CenturyLink Center. Following Saturday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will enjoy their second bye week of the league schedule before hosting No. 6/6 Villanova on Feb. 21 for National Marquette Day.

Marquette-Creighton Series Dates Back To 1922-23

While Marquette and Creighton are meeting for the just the second season in BIG EAST Conference play, the two programs are very familiar with each other.

The Last Meeting
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January 14, 2015
Milwaukee, Wis.
Carlino's Three Lifts Marquette over Creighton, 53-52
Matt Carlino's 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds remaining allowed Marquette to escape with a 53-52 victory over Creighton on Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as Carlino and redshirt freshman Duane Wilson combined to score all 25 of MU's second half points.

The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 49-30, but Creighton swept the season home-and-home series last season. Marquette claimed a 53-52 win at home this year on Jan. 14 thanks to a 3-pointer by Matt Carlino with 11.2 seconds left. The Bluejays had a pair of chances in the closing seconds to claim the win, but both shots failed to fall. Carlino and freshman guard Duane Wilson scored all of the squad’s 25 second-half points in that game. Carlino netted five points in the final minute to secure the win.

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 28 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.

Team Defense One Of Best In League Play

While the Golden Eagles have struggled to collect wins through the first 12 games of the conference campaign, the team’s performance at the defensive end of the court has done its best to put the squad in a position to win.

In league games through Feb. 11, Marquette’s field goal percentage defense (.401) is ranked first in the BIG EAST and third in scoring defense (66.8 ppg.). MU, which has utilized a variety of zone and man-to-man defensive looks all season, is also first in steals per game (7.9) and fifth in blocks per game (3.7).

On the other end, however, Marquette’s offense has struggled in conference action. The team’s scoring offense (61.3 ppg.) is ninth and its field goal percentage (.409) is eighth.

Anderson Narrowly Missing Double-Double

Senior forward Juan Anderson is averaging 10.0 points and 9.5 rebounds over the course of the last two games, but has narrowly missed collecting his first career double-double (114 games) on both occasions.

The Oakland, California, native finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in the Feb. 7 win at Seton Hall before collecting 11 points and nine boards in Tuesday night’s loss to Xavier. In the two games he has combined to shoot 9-of-14 from the floor in an average of 31.5 minutes per night.

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