Marquette Hosts Syracuse In Key BIG EAST Matchup
Feb. 24, 2013
TV Info: ESPN/WatchESPN | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (19-7, 10-4 BIG EAST) returns to action Monday night when the team hosts Syracuse (22-5, 10-4 BIG EAST) at 6 p.m. in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. ESPN will feature Marquette’s 17th national television broadcast of the campaign as part of the network’s Big Monday package, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action.
MU To Meet Orange For Final Time In League Play
Monday night’s matchup with Syracuse will be the last for Marquette and the Orange in the regular season as fellow members of the BIG EAST Conference.
Syracuse leads the all-time series 8-4, most recently posting a 73-66 victory over MU on Jan. 7, 2012 in the Carrier Dome when the Orange were ranked No. 1 in the country. Previous to last season, Marquette had won the previous two matchups, including a 66-62 decision in the 2011 NCAA Championship that allowed the Golden Eagles to advance to the Sweet 16.
The series dates back to the 1941-42 campaign, but at one point there was a 40-year gap between meetings. Marquette has defeated every program in the BIG EAST since joining the league in 2005-06, with Syracuse being the final conference foe to fall (W, 76-70 on Jan. 29, 2011) against the Golden Eagles.
Syracuse moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference beginning in 2013-14.
MU Owns Extended Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 23-game winning streak (second-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) in the league. The Golden Eagles are 14-0 so far at home in 2012-13.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 327-87 (.788) and a 53-13 (.803) mark in BIG EAST action.
Marquette claimed an amazing 81-straight home games from 1967-73 for the longest run in school history and is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
MU Picks Up Effort On The Boards In Recent Outings
Marquette has picked up its efforts on the glass in recent outings, finishing with a significant advantage over its opponents in the last three games.
Since the Feb. 16 win over Pittsburgh, MU has outrebounded the Panthers, Seton Hall and Villanova by an average of 13.7 boards per outing (37.7-24.0). Included in those efforts were a season-best 43 caroms in the victory at SHU on Feb. 19 and a 13-board advantage at Villanova. In the previous four league outings, MU had won the battle on the boards on just one occasion.
The Golden Eagles have rebounded by committee in the last three outings, with six players grabbing at least 3.3 boards per game.
Taylor, Jr. Doesn’t Play Like A Freshman At Villanova
Freshman forward Steve Taylor, Jr., was arguably the best Golden Eagle on the floor in the loss at Villanova and made the most of his opportunity.
The Chicago, Ill., native finished with four points and a personal-best eight rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench. Six of his boards came on the offensive end and he finished 2-of-4 from the field. His 12 minutes were the most action he has seen since playing 15 at Louisville on Feb. 3.
For the season, Taylor, Jr., is contributing 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.