MU Hosts 6/6 Villanova On National Marquette Day
Feb. 19, 2015
TV Info: FOX | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-14, 3-10 BIG EAST) hosts No. 6/6 Villanova (24-2, 11-2 BIG EAST) at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX will feature MU's 22nd national television broadcast of the campaign, with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (analyst) calling the action on National Marquette Day. Following Saturday's outing, the Golden Eagles will hit the road for a pair of games at Butler (Feb. 25) and Providence (March 1) before concluding the regular season with two home contests.
BIG EAST Play Renewed Long Series With Wildcats
Villanova holds an 15-9 advantage over Marquette in an all-time series that dates back to 1960, but over half of the matchups (16) have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
Along with regular season and tournament matchups in league play, the two teams also squared off in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the 1980 NCAA Championship. Marquette downed the Wildcats 66-58 in the NIT, but fell 77-59 in the opening round of the NCAA's in Providence, R.I.
The two programs have split the eight all-time matchups in Milwaukee, with the Wildcats most recently claiming a 94-85 win in overtime last season on Jan. 25, 2014. Marquette is 3-3 in neutral-site outings against Villanova, but just 2-8 on the road, with both wins coming at Wells Fargo Arena.
Marquette has dropped each of the last four meetings with Villanova, including a 70-52 setback at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 4. Sophomore guard Jajuan Johnson led the team with 10 points, but Marquette shot just 35.0 percent from the floor as a team.
Golden Eagles Celebrate National Marquette Day
National Marquette Day is a tradition dating back to the 1960s that brings the Marquette nation united together in pride and spirit to honor the values of the University.
Friday night's pep rally is the official kick-off of the National Marquette Day celebration. On Saturday, alumni will be gathering in Milwaukee and around the world at more than 70 locations representing 29 states and six countries including Italy, Belize, Paraguay, England and Mexico to celebrate Marquette and cheer on the men's basketball team.
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.
Marquette's Offense Mirrors Opponents
The Golden Eagles have scored 1,653 points (66.1 ppg.) through 25 games, exactly the same amount as their opponents have in 2014-15.
Both Marquette and its opponents have knocked down 588 field goals on the year and while the team hasn't made as many 3-point shots (178-to-156), the squad has made up the difference on the free throw line (321-to-299).
The advantage at the free throw line could be even greater for MU, but the roster has connected on just 67.0 percent of its chances on the year, while opponents are converting on a 72.2 percent clip.
Duane Wilson One Of League's Top Freshmen
Redshirt freshman Duane Wilson is second on the team in scoring and his season-long efforts have placed him in the conversation for the league's top newcomer award.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native's 12.8 points per game are the most by a newcomer in BIG EAST action and his season-long average (12.3 ppg. - fourth-best in school history) is the second-best mark among league competitors. Wilson has reached double figures in points on 13 occasions this season, including seven times in conference play.
He finished with a game-high 26 points (also vs. Georgetown on Jan. 24) on Feb. 14 at Creighton, the most by a freshman in league play this season through games of Feb. 18. Wilson was 5-of-9 from behind the 3-point line and also chipped in three assists and two rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Wilson's breakthrough performance came at the Orlando Classic when he scored 30 points (season high by BIG EAST freshman) in the win over Tennessee on Nov. 30.
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