Marquette Faces Seton Hall In BIG EAST Tournament
March 6, 2017
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The fourth-seeded Marquette University men’s basketball team (19-11, 10-8 BIG EAST) opens play at the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament presented by Jeep at 1:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 9 versus No. 5 seed Seton Hall (20-11, 10-8 BIG EAST) in Madison Square Garden. FS1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (analyst) and Steve Lavin (analyst) calling the action. Thursday’s winner will advance to the event’s semifinals on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. CT.
MU Continues BIG EAST Tourney Streak
Since Marquette joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, MU is the only program to have reached at least the quarterfinals of the tournament every year.
The Golden Eagles have advanced to the semifinals twice (lost to Pittsburgh in 2007-08 and Georgetown in 2009-10) since joining the conference. Marquette is 10-11 all-time in its 11 previous appearances in the event, but has yet to play in the championship game.
Marquette has posted an overall record of 22-26 in league tourneys since joining the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (MCC) in 1989-90. MU was 0-2 in the MCC, 2-4 in the Great Midwest Conference and 10-9 in Conference USA.
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 16 of the 22 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming after MU joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
SHU opened the series with a 96-78 victory over Marquette on March 17, 1956 in MU's first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The next meeting wouldn't come until 50 years later when Marquette moved to the BIG EAST.
The teams, which met twice in a three-game span nearly two months ago, split the home-and-home series in 2016-17. The Pirates rallied for a 69-66 win at home on Jan. 1 and the Golden Eagles claimed an 89-86 overtime decision in the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 11.
Rowsey Earns BIG EAST Sixth Man Award
Junior guard Andrew Rowsey has earned the BIG EAST Conference Sixth Man Award, the league office announced Monday morning.
In BIG EAST games, Rowsey is second on the team in scoring (12.6 points per game) and ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (14th, .470), assists (12th, 2.9 apg.), free throw percentage (1st, .935), 3-point field goal percentage (2nd, .484) and 3-point field goals per game (4th, 2.4).
The Lexington, Virginia native’s season-long free throw percentage (.943) is currently the second-best mark in the nation. He redshirted in 2015-16 after transferring from UNC Asheville, where he was an all-league performer and finished third in the nation in free throw percentage (.921) as a sophomore in 2014-15.
Rowsey is the first Marquette player to earn the award since Davante Gardner claimed the honor in back-to-back campaigns (2012-13, 2013-14).
Howard Claims BIG EAST All-Freshman Honors
Guard Markus Howard has been named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team, the league office announced Sunday afternoon.
The Chandler, Arizona native leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and currently tops the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.551). He has started 25 of the 29 games in which he has played and is shooting 51.4 percent from the floor overall and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.
In BIG EAST games, Howard ranks 11th in scoring (15.4 points per game) and sixth in field goal percentage (.527). He capped the regular season by earning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades for the third time after leading the Golden Eagles to wins at Xavier and at home versus Creighton.
Howard’s blistering season-long effort of 57.1 percent (55-of-96) in league games from behind the 3-point line set a new conference freshman mark. Former Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds set the previous record (.430) in 2006-07.
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