Marquette Faces No. 4/3 Villanova Thursday at 11 a.m. CT
March 11, 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 tournament every year.
Wednesday night's victory (first since 2011) snapped a four-game losing streak in the tourney for MU and marked the first win for four-year seniors Juan Anderson and Derrick Wilson. 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 9-9 all-time in its 10 appearances in the event and has yet to play in the championship game.
Marquette has posted an overall record of 21-24 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.
BIG EAST Play Renewed Long Series With Wildcats
Villanova holds an 16-9 advantage over Marquette in an all-time series that dates back to 1960, but over half of the matchups (17) have come since the Golden Eagles joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
Along with regular season and tournament matchups in league play, the two teams also squared off in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the 1980 NCAA Championship. Marquette downed the Wildcats 66-58 in the NIT, but fell 77-59 in the opening round of the NCAA's in Providence, R.I.
Marquette is 3-3 in neutral-site outings against Villanova, 4-5 at home and 2-8 on the road, with both wins coming at Wells Fargo Arena. Marquette has dropped each of the last five meetings with Villanova, including an 87-76 decision at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Feb. 21. The Golden Eagles, who had only six active scholarship players for the game because of injuries to Matt Carlino and Juan Anderson, battled the entire afternoon, but were unable to overcome 11 3-pointers by the Wildcats.
MU is 1-1 versus Villanova in the league tournament. The Wildcats won 76-75 at the buzzer in 2009 and Marquette responded with an 80-76 victory in the 2010 event.
Fischer, Carlino Perfect Inside-Outside Game vs. Pirates
Fischer finished 6-of-8 from the floor, netting all of his field goals in the paint and also chipped in seven rebounds, four blocks and an assist in 37 minutes. Carlino matched a league tournament record with eight 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points. The Phoenix, Ariz., native knocked down 8-of-12 from long distance, tying the mark set by Boston College's Dana Barros against St. John's on March 9, 1989. He also drained eight treys against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27 at the Orlando Classic en route to a career-high 38 points.
Marquette finished the game 56.9 percent from the field, marking the team's highest effort since knocking down 60.4 percent of its chances in the non-conference finale against Morgan St. Dec. 28. Since that matchup, MU has made 50 percent-or-more of its attempts on just three occasions.
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