MU Opens BIG EAST Tourney Wednesday vs. SHU
March 9, 2015
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MU Looking To Continue BIG EAST Tourney Streak
Since Marquette joined the league in 2005-06, MU is the only program to have reached at least the quarterfinals of the tourney every year.
The team, however, is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak in the BIG EAST tourney and hasn't claimed a win since the 2011 event. 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 8-9 all-time in its previous nine appearances in the event and has yet to play in the championship game.
Marquette has posted an overall record of 20-24 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 14 of the 17 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. Since that outing on Jan. 11, 2006, MU has claimed all but two of the games.
The Pirates earned their first-ever win in Milwaukee with an 80-70 decision on Jan. 28 in the first matchup between the two squads this year. MU returned the favor on Feb. 7, downing SHU 57-54 in Newark without the services of leading scorer Matt Carlino.
Marquette opened the 2008 league tourney with a 67-54 win over Seton Hall in the only matchup at Madison Square Garden between the two programs.
Carlino, Duane Wilson Earn All-League Accolades
Marquette men's basketball senior guard Matt Carlino and freshman guard Duane Wilson have each earned all-conference accolades. Carlino was named All-BIG EAST Second Team and Wilson earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
Carlino, who played his first three seasons at BYU, is in his first year with the Golden Eagles. In BIG EAST games, he is ranked among the league leaders in scoring (4th, 17.2 ppg.), free throw percentage (5th, .830), steals (3rd, 1.9 spg.), 3-point field goals made (1st, 3.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (10th, .400).
Wilson is the league's top freshman scorer (14th, 12.3 ppg.) in conference games and is second overall (15th, 12.1 ppg.) for the entire season. He is also one of the BIG EAST's top 3-point shooters and is ranked among Marquette's all-time leaders in terms of freshmen-year production.
Marquette has now had at least one player earn all-league accolades every season since MU began conference affiliation in 1990.
Taylor, Jr. Rebounding At Rapid Rate Recently
Junior forward Steve Taylor, Jr. has grabbed a total of 29 rebounds in the team's last two games, which translates into nearly 20 percent of his season total.
The Chicago, Illinois, native finished with a team-best 12 boards in just 24 minutes of action in the win over DePaul, including four at the offensive end. He also chipped in five points and a block off of the bench.
Saturday's performance followed up his career-best 17 rebounds against St. John's on March 4. The total matched the highest in BIG EAST play for a Marquette player, tying Lazar Hayward's mark set against DePaul on Jan. 24, 2009. Six of Taylor, Jr.'s rebounds came at the offensive end and he accounted for over 40 percent (17-of-41) of the team's total for the game.
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