Marquette Hosts Creighton Saturday On Senior Day
March 2, 2017
TV Info: FS2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (18-11, 9-8 BIG EAST) wraps up the regular season at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 4 when the team hosts Creighton (23-7, 10-7 BIG EAST) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Senior Day. FS2 will feature the television broadcast, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action. Prior to the game, the University will honor its trio of seniors, Luke Fischer, Jajuan Johnson and Katin Reinhardt. Following Saturday’s action, the Golden Eagles will head to Madison Square Garden for the BIG EAST Tournament presented by JEEP.
Marquette-Creighton Series Dates Back To 1922-23
Marquette’s all-time series against Creighton spans nearly the entirety of the program’s 100-year history, which is being celebrated all season long in 2016-17.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 51-32, claiming the most recent matchup in Omaha on Jan. 21. Senior guard Katin Reinhardt led seven players in double figures with 21 points off the bench and Marquette shot 60.0 percent from the floor as a team en route to a record-setting point total. Senior center Luke Fischer added 18 points and eight rebounds to help defeat the then seventh-ranked Bluejays.
Prior to 2013-14, the most recent meeting between the two programs came in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. MU posted an 80-68 victory in the opening round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center en route to an appearance in the event’s quarterfinals.
Marquette has claimed 24 of the last 32 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.
Marquette To Honor Trio On Senior Day
The three members of this season’s senior class have very different stories on how they arrived at Marquette, but each has played a similar role in the team’s success in 2016-17.
Guard Jajuan Johnson is the elder statesman of the team, one of just two players (Duane Wilson) who were with the program prior to the hiring of head coach Steve Wojciechowski. The Memphis, Tennessee native is on pace to surpass the 1,000-point mark (971) and also finish among the career leaders in free throw percentage and steals. He has improved his production each season and as a result has appeared in 112 career games, with 51 starting assignments.
Center Luke Fischer, who transferred to MU after one semester at Indiana, has the opportunity to become just the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocked shots in his career. Regardless of his shooting efficiency the rest of the way, he will conclude his tenure as the program’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (currently .622). The Germantown, Wisconsin native has started 76 of the 86 games he has appeared in with Marquette.
Guard Katin Reinhardt is hoping to become just the second player (Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall) to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament with three different programs (UNLV, USC). He has appeared in 26 games during his first season with the Golden Eagles as a graduate transfer and is averaging 10.8 points per game. His two free throws in the closing seconds proved to be the difference in the win over No. 1 Villanova.
The Golden Eagles will also honor three of their team managers during the ceremony. AJ Calamia, Mike Flaherty and Jack Walsh have each been with the program for the last four years and are all graduating this spring.
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