Marquette Travels To DePaul Saturday Afternoon

Duane Wilson and Marquette return to action Saturday after the team's second bye in league play.
Feb. 18, 2016

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (16-10, 5-8 BIG EAST) opens a two-game road swing Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the squad travels to DePaul (8-17, 2-11 BIG EAST) in BIG EAST Conference action from Allstate Arena. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles, who will play three of their remaining five league games on the road, travel to Creighton on Feb. 23 to complete the home-and-home series and will be facing the Bluejays for the second time in three outings.

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 Last Meeting
DePaul57
Marquette56
January 20, 2016
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Marquette Stunned by DePaul, 57-56
Billy Garrett's 3-point play with one second remaining led DePaul past Marquette, 57-56, on Wednesday evening at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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

While the return of sophomore Duane Wilson and junior Jajuan Johnson to the starting lineup seven games ago added some experience to the starting unit, the team is now lacking in bench production.

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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