Golden Eagles Host St. John's On Al's Night
March 2, 2015
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MU Facing St. John's On "Al's Night"
Marquette leads the all-time series (15-9) with St. John's and has claimed victories in 13 of the previous 17 outings.
The series began in 1959-60 and prior to the clinching of the BIG EAST title on the last day of the regular season in 2012-13, the series' top highlight was a 65-53 Marquette win in the championship game of the 1970 National Invitation Tournament. MU claimed the title under the direction of legendary head coach Al McGuire, who played for three seasons at St. John's (1948-51). In his first season with the Redmen he finished third in scoring with an 8.1 points per game average. With his brother, fellow Hall of Famer Dick McGuire, who captained the 1948-49 squad, St. John's finished the season with a 15-9 record.
The following season STJ finished with a 24-5 record as McGuire averaged 7.7 points a game. He finished his collegiate career in 1951, averaging 8.5 points per game and helping lead his team to third-place finishes in both the NIT and NCAA. The team concluded the season with a 26-5 record.
BIG EAST Tourney Seeding Narrows For MU
Entering the final week of the BIG EAST regular season, the Golden Eagles know they will be opening tourney action on Wednesday, March 11, but aren't sure of their actual seeding.
Marquette, which is currently in 10th place, could finish in the ninth position if the team were to conclude the year with the same amount of wins as Creighton. The Golden Eagles and the Bluejays split the regular season series and the next tiebreaker is record versus the top teams in the standings. Through games of March 1, MU's Jan. 3 win over Providence would give Marquette the slight edge. The 8/9 matchup is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT on March 11, with the 7/10 contest slated for 8:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
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 13.3 points per game are the most by a newcomer in BIG EAST action and his season-long average (12.6 ppg. - fourth-best in school history by a freshman) is also the top among league freshmen. Wilson has reached double figures in points on 16 occasions this season, including 10 times in conference play.
Wilson knocked down 7-of-10 treys en route to a 22-point evening at Providence on Sunday. He also chipped in three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes of action.
He finished with a game-high 26 points on Feb. 14 at Creighton (also vs. Georgetown on Jan. 24), the most by a freshman in league play this season through games of March 1.
Carlino Carrying Offense In League Play
All-BIG EAST candidate Matt Carlino, who missed four conference games with a concussion, has picked up his offensive production during league competition.
The Phoenix, Arizona, native is fifth in the league in scoring (17.0 ppg.) in BIG EAST outings and is also among the conference leaders in free throw percentage (3rd, .857), 3-pointers made (1st, 3.2 3-pt pg.), steals (3rd, 1.9 spg.), 3-point field goal percentage (13th, .392) and assists (13th, 2.8 apg.) through games of March 1.
Carlino returned to the starting lineup at Providence and responded with 21 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of action. He has scored double figures in all but one of his conference outings, including four efforts of 20-or-more points.
Including his three years at BYU, he is now in possession of 1,552 points, 528 rebounds and 396 assists.
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