MU Opens 2010-11 Campaign Friday Against Prairie View A&M
Nov. 11, 2010
TV Coverage: Sports32 (Milwaukee), SportsNet New York, MASN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Full Court.
Radio Coverage: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team officially begins its 94th season of competition Friday night at 8 p.m. when the squad hosts Prairie View A&M in the regular-season opener. The matchup with the Panthers is the Pepsi Season Opener, which means 2-for-1 tickets for any seats in the Bradley Center. Sports32 will feature Friday's broadcast, with Dennis Krause (play-by-play) and Jim McIlvaine (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available on SportsNet New York, MASN, ESPN Fullcourt and ESPN3.com.
MU Looks To Continue Season-Opening Success
Marquette has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on opening night and hopes to continue that trend in 2010-11. The Golden Eagles are 78-15 all-time in campaign lidlifters, including a 95-64 victory over Centenary to begin the 2009-10 season. MU owns a nine-game winning streak in season openers and has claimed 10 of its last 11 overall. The Golden Eagles had an impressive streak of 29 years in which it started 1-0, dating from 1960-61 to 1988-89. The squad has claimed 18 of its last 19 season openers.
Opening night notes: In 1923, Marquette allowed only five points against Milwaukee Normal in a 22-5 victory ... MU has hit the century mark twice in season openers, scoring 107 versus North Dakota (1960) and 106 against Charleston (1980) ... the squad's lone overtime lidlifter came against UNLV (1994), an 82-74 victory.
Crowder, Otule Shine In Exhibition Victory
Junior forward Jae Crowder chipped in a double-double in his Marquette debut and sophomore center Chris Otule nearly collected one as well in the 86-56 exhibition victory over St. John's (Minn.). Crowder finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes off the bench, shooting 6-of-9 from the field. He also found time to contribute four assists, three steals and a block. Otule ended the night with 12 points and nine boards and also swatted one shot. He also finished 6-of-9 from the floor and four of his rebounds came at the offensive end. Each of Marquette's 13 eligible players saw action, with 11 Golden Eagles accounting for at least three points in the final box score. St. John's is coached by former MU player and 1956 graduate Jim Smith, who owns over 700 victories at the collegiate level.
Buycks Gets The Point In Win Over St. John's (MN)
Senior Dwight Buycks, who saw little to no action at the point guard position in 2009-10, found himself in the starting lineup at that spot in the exhibition with St. John's (Minn.). Buycks finished with six assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes and also chipped in eight points. He was backed up by freshman Reggie Smith and sophomore Junior Cadougan.