MU Hosts Xavier On National Marquette Day
Feb. 13, 2014
TV Info: FOX | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-10, 6-5 BIG EAST) opens a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon when the team hosts Xavier (17-7, 7-4 BIG EAST) at 3 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX will feature Marquette’s 20th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Brevin Knight (analyst) calling the action. Following the National Marquette Day matchup with the Musketeers, the Golden Eagles will welcome nationally ranked Creighton to Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 on FOX Sports 1.
Golden Eagles Celebrate National Marquette Day
Saturday’s national television matchup against Xavier on FOX highlights the University’s annual National Marquette Day festivities.
In its present form, National Marquette Day has been around since 1992. The celebration was preceded by Spirit Day, with roots dating back to the 1960s. From the early days of satellite coordinates to today’s digital TV and online streaming, NMD has evolved into a global celebration of the Marquette family.
There are currently over 60 official game-watching parties scheduled around the world - from Okinawa, Japan, to New York City. Complete details can be found at www.NationalMarquetteDay.com. At halftime, the men’s and women’s soccer teams and volleyball program will each be recognized for each winning BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships this fall.
Marquette fans with a ticket to the men’s game will be able to gain free admission to the women’s game versus Xavier at 12 p.m. CT at the Al McGuire Center.
Depth Of BIG EAST Difficult To Match
With the postseason rapidly approaching, the BIG EAST is well positioned to place multiple teams in the final bracket. Consider these facts, through games of Feb. 12.
- The BIG EAST has seven teams in the top-60 of the latest KenPom Rankings, second only to the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 (more total members), and more than the Big Ten, SEC and all other leagues.
- Nine league schools have a strength of schedule in the top-50 according to KenPom, more than any other league, and seven are ranked in the top 75 of the RPI.
- KenPom ranks the BIG EAST as the third-toughest conference in the country, thanks in part to the narrow differential (second-smallest among all leagues) between its top and bottom programs.
Jamil Wilson Doubles Up Vs. Seton Hall, Again
Senior forward Jamil Wilson is more than likely scrutinizing the upcoming schedule to see if Seton Hall appears one more time this season after Tuesday night’s career-best performance against the Pirates.
The Racine, Wis., native finished with a personal-high 25 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the campaign. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and knocked down 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line in 35 minutes of action. Wilson also collected a double-double in the Jan. 11 matchup with SHU, finishing with 16 points and 11 boards.
In two outings against the Pirates, Wilson averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while combining to shoot 13-of-25 from the field. In 93 career games with Marquette after spending one season at Oregon, Wilson’s only other double-double came at DePaul in 2011-12 when he finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Buzz Reaches Pair Of Career Milestones
Tuesday night’s victory marked a pair of milestones for sixth-year head coach Buzz Williams.
The 77-66 decision over Seton Hall was Williams’ 150th overall career victory and his 200th game as program mentor at Marquette. He owns a 136-64 (.680) record with the Golden Eagles and is 150-81 overall, which includes the 2006-07 campaign at the University of New Orleans.
Williams’ win total at Marquette in just over six seasons already places him fourth on the program’s all-time list. Legendary head coach Al McGuire (1964-77) tops the list with 295 wins and is followed by Bill Chandler (193, 1930-51) and Tom Crean (190, 1999-2008). Williams is second to only McGuire in NCAA tournament victories. MU has claimed eight decisions in Williams’ previous five seasons, while McGuire directed the program to 20 NCAA wins.
Derrick Wilson Continues To Value Possessions
Junior guard Derrick Wilson finished with five assists and no turnovers in Tuesday’s win at Seton Hall, continuing a trend he established as a freshman with the program.
Wilson is currently ranked third in the BIG EAST in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and fifth in assists per game (4.1). He has finished a game with five-or-more assists on 10 occasions in 2013-14, including four of the last five outings.
For his career, Wilson owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.72, which translates into just one miscue every 22.1 minutes on the court.