Marquette Travels To Seton Hall Tuesday Night
Feb. 18, 2013
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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (18-6, 9-3 BIG EAST) enters the final stretch of the league schedule Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT when the team travels to Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11 BIG EAST). The BIG EAST Network will feature the television broadcast, with Scott Graham (play-by-play) and John Celestand (analyst) calling the action. Following Tuesday’s matchup with the Pirates, Marquette will travel to Villanova on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Trip To Potential Title Will Happen On The Road
Marquette enters play Tuesday night in possession of a share of first place in the BIG EAST Conference with a mark of 9-3, a record also matched by Syracuse and Georgetown.
Should the Golden Eagles wish to remain in first place, however, the team must find success away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Four (more than any other team in the league) of the team’s final six regular season games come on the road.
MU has claimed just two true road victories in 2012-13, with both of the wins (Pittsburgh, USF) coming in conference competition.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 10 of the 12 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.
BIG EAST Success Has Led To Postseason Action
Marquette enters play Tuesday night at Seton Hall in a share of first place in the BIG EAST Conference with an 9-3 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 Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh, the Golden Eagles have assured themselves of at least a .500 mark in league play for the eighth-straight campaign.
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 9-3 in the conference slate so far. Through 12 outings, MU is 222-of-297 (.747) from the charity stripe and opponents have knocked down just 163-of-229 (.712) from the line.
That disparity translates into an average of 4.9 (18.5-13.6) 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 399-of-541 (.738 - second in BIG EAST) and opponents are 298-of-432 (.690).
Jamil Wilson’s Consistency Key In Recent Outings
Junior forward Jamil Wilson finished with 13 points Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has reached double figures in four-straight games.
In the squad’s last four outings, Wilson is chipping in 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He has also connected on 50 percent of his shots from the field overall during his current hot streak, including a 7-of-9 effort from behind the 3-point line.
In a season-high 33 minutes of action off the bench against the Panthers, the Racine, Wis., native also contributed eight rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.