Marquette Travels To Providence Saturday Afternoon
Feb. 23, 2017
TV Info: CBS Sports Network | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (17-10, 8-7 BIG EAST) hits the road for a key BIG EAST Conference matchup at Providence (17-11, 7-8 BIG EAST) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. CT. CBS Sports Network will feature the program’s 26th national television broadcast of the campaign, with John Sadak (play-by-play) and Brendan Haywood (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s game, Marquette will conclude the road portion of its regular season when the squad travels to Xavier on Wednesday, March 1.
Marquette-Providence Dates Back To 1963
While the all-time series between Marquette and Providence consists of just 23 games, the matchups do include a number of memorable contests for MU fans.
The two programs first met in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the result was a 70-64 victory by PC. The teams would cross paths four years later in the same event and a slim 81-80 Marquette overtime win helped the squad to a runner-up finish under head coach Al McGuire. Providence ended MU’s run in the 1997 NCAA tournament with an 81-59 victory in Charlotte, N.C.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 16-7 and have claimed 13 of the last 16 outings. The Friars, however, claimed their first-ever win in Milwaukee in this year’s first matchup, posting a 79-78 decision over MU on Jan. 28. Junior guard Andrew Rowsey led four players in double figures with 23 points, but MU was unable to convert on a pair of scoring chances in the final seconds and PC was able to hang on for the victory.
Heldt Won’t Be Overlooked On Scouting Report
Sophomore center Matt Heldt entered Tuesday’s matchup with St. John’s contributing 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and more than likely was briefly mentioned in the scouting report.
The Neenah, Wisconsin native made a name for himself in the team’s victory, however, finishing with 15 points (17 total in previous five games) and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. He finished 6-of-6 from the floor in 29 minutes of action and posted personal bests in a total of six categories. His previous best scoring mark was six points, but he did grab nine rebounds in the Feb. 18 win over Xavier.
Inserted into the starting lineup each of the last two games, Heldt has combined to contribute 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per outing while shooting 90.0 percent (9-of-10) from the floor.
Howard Brothers Two Of Nation’s Best Shooters
Freshman guard Markus Howard has collected a record-setting debut campaign for Marquette, but as it turns out, he might not even have bragging rights within his own family.
Howard’s brother, Jordan, is a junior at Central Arkansas and currently leads the team in scoring at 19.7 points per game. He is shooting 47.8 percent (third in nation) from behind the 3-point line and 89.0 percent (22nd in nation) from the charity stripe.
The younger Howard tops the Marquette roster in scoring (12.5 ppg.) and is currently No. 1 in the land from long distance (54.1 percent). His season-long free throw effort of 93.1 percent would put him in the top five nationally, but he doesn’t meet the NCAA minimum for makes per contest.
Howard now owns 66 treys on the year, breaking the previous freshman mark of current staff member Travis Diener.
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