Golden Eagles Host Notre Dame On National Marquette Day
Feb. 28, 2013
TV Info: ESPN | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The No. 22/22 Marquette University men's basketball team (20-7, 11-4 BIG EAST) wraps up the home portion of its 2012-13 regular season when the team hosts No. 21/20 Notre Dame (22-6, 10-5 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. ESPN will feature Marquette's 18th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's matchup, the Golden Eagles will wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games at Rutgers (March 5) and St. John's (March 9).
Marquette In Hunt For League Title, Double Bye
Marquette enters play Saturday afternoon in the running for the program's first-ever BIG EAST Conference regular season title and at the very least a double bye in the upcoming league tournament.
A victory by the Golden Eagles would not only keep pace with first-place Georgetown (12-3), but also clinch a double-bye in the league tourney at Madison Square Garden for the second-straight year.
Since the league expanded in 2005-06, Marquette is the only program in the conference to advance to at least the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championship in each of those campaigns.
Series With Notre Dame Has Plenty Of History
Marquette and Notre Dame will be meeting for the 117th time on Saturday afternoon and the Fighting Irish own an 80-36 advantage in the all-time series.
The Golden Eagles have only met rival Wisconsin on more occasions (119) than they have the Fighting Irish. The series dates back to the 1919-20 campaign and began with a 23-22 Marquette victory on Jan. 31, 1920.
MU Owns Extended Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 24-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 15-0 so far at home in 2012-13 and are looking to complete their second-straight season of league play undefeated with a win over Notre Dame.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 328-87 (.790) and a 54-13 (.806) 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. The run was ended by Notre Dame on Jan. 13, 1973 when the Fighting Irish posted a 71-69 victory under then head coach Digger Phelps.
Cadougan, Lockett To Be Honored On Senior Day
The Marquette University men's basketball program will honor senior guards Junior Cadougan and Trent Lockett in a postgame ceremony Saturday afternoon as each player concludes his respective home career in front of the Blue & Gold faithful.
Cadougan has appeared in 109 career games with MU, including 65 starting assignments. He owns career averages of 5.5 points and 3.8 assists per game and is currently ninth all-time at Marquette in assists (418).
Lockett is in his first season with the Golden Eagles after transferring from Arizona State and is contributing 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game (second on the team). He has started 26 of the squad's 27 games and is fifth on the team in scoring.
The Golden Eagles will also recognize senior managers Matt Black, George Eliopoulos, Jim McKew and Matt Worswick.
Gardner Candidate For League's Top Sixth Man
Junior Davante Gardner is ranked among the league leaders in four categories, despite coming off the bench in every game this season (21.3 minutes per appearance).
The Suffolk, Va., native's value was on full display in the victory over Syracuse. He finished with a career-best 26 points in 33 minutes (season high) off the bench. Gardner was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor and also knocked down 12-of-13 from the charity stripe. He also found time to chip in eight rebounds and two assists.
Gardner is 27th in the BIG EAST in scoring (12.1 ppg.), fourth in field goal percentage (.571), fourth in free throw percentage (.856) and 14th in offensive rebounds per game (2.07 orpg.) through games of Feb. 27.
In league games only, Gardner ranks second in field goal percentage (.551) and is third in free throw percentage (.878). He is on pace to finish in the top-10 in the MU season record book in both categories.