Marquette Travels To DePaul Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 18, 2016
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Plenty Of History In Marquette-DePaul Series
Marquette’s all-time series with DePaul dates back to the 1917-18 season (second year of MU’s varsity play) and includes 117 previous meetings.
The Golden Eagles own a 71-46 advantage in the series and have claimed seven of the last nine matchups. The extensive series history has been aided by the fact the two programs have been in the same league dating back to the 1991-92 campaign. Since that season, the teams have shared affiliation in the Great Midwest Conference, Conference USA and BIG EAST Conference. In program history, Marquette has faced only Wisconsin (122) and Notre Dame (118) on more occasions.
Guard Billy Garrett Jr.’s basket and free throw in the closing seconds allowed DePaul to rally for a 57-56 win over Marquette on Jan. 20 in the first outing between the squads. Guard Duane Wilson led MU with 19 points in that game and forward Henry Ellenson chipped in 11 points and six rebounds. The Blue Demons claimed a 61-58 victory in 2014-15 at home and Marquette’s last win at Allstate Arena was a 96-94 overtime decision on Feb. 22, 2014.
Marquette Looking For Bench Help In Recent Outings
Since the Jan. 24 victory at St. John’s, the starters are accounting for 85.6 percent of the team’s points and 75.1 percent of its rebounding production. Of the five players to see extended action in those outings off the bench, freshman Traci Carter is responsible for 61.5 percent of the reserve corps scoring and sophomore Sandy Cohen III owns 47.9 percent of the group’s contributions on the boards.
MU has featured the same starting lineup (Cheatham, Wilson, Johnson, H. Ellenson and Fischer) for each of the seven games and the team is 4-3 during that time span.
Ellenson Grabs Weekly League Accolade, Again
BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year and All-America candidate Henry Ellenson was named the league’s newcomer of the week for the sixth time this season on Feb. 15.
Ellenson averaged 21.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in a pair of outings last week and combined to shoot 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from the field against No. 20/17 Providence and Creighton. His week was highlighted by a double-double (26 points and 16 rebounds) in the overtime win against Providence on Jan. 10.
Former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony (2002-03) holds the single-season record with 10 weekly honors. Marquette’s Dominic James also claimed the accolade six times in 2005-06, the fourth-highest total in league history.
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