Marquette Hosts Belmont In 2015-16 Lidlifter Friday
Nov. 11, 2015
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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens its 99th season of competition Friday night when the squad welcomes Belmont (0-0, 0-0 OVC) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 8 p.m. CT. FS Wisconsin will feature the television coverage, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Friday’s matchup will mark the opening game of the 2015 FanDuel Legends Classic, which concludes with championship rounds at the Barclays Center on Nov. 23-24. The Golden Eagles are 7-1 all-time against programs currently in the Ohio Valley Conference, including a 79-63 win over UT Martin in the 2014-15 lidlifter.
MU Hoping To Continue Season-Opening Success
Marquette has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on opening night and hopes to continue that trend in 2015-16 when the team faces Belmont in the first game of the year.
The Golden Eagles are 83-15 (.845) all-time in campaign lidlifters, including a 79-63 victory over UT Martin to begin the 2014-15 season. MU owns a 14-game winning streak in season openers and has claimed 15 of its last 16 overall. The squad hasn’t dropped an opener since falling 67-54 to South Alabama in 2000-01.
Marquette had an impressive streak of 29 years in which it started 1-0, dating from 1960-61 to 1988-89.
MU hasn’t opened the season on the road since 2003-04 when the squad faced St. John’s in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The last neutral-site opener came in the same event in 2002-03 (Final Four season) when Marquette took on Villanova. The Golden Eagles were victorious in both contests.
Ellenson, Fischer Earn Preseason All-League Accolades
Fischer was tabbed All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention after averaging 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his debut campaign with MU after becoming eligible mid-year. He finished 20th in the league in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage (.609) and fourth in blocked shots (2.2 bpg.). The Germantown, Wisconsin native started 19 of the 24 games in which he played and averaged 29.3 minutes per contest.
Ellenson earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team, despite having yet to play a single minute in the conference. The top-10 nationally ranked prospect is the first freshman to earn preseason All-BIG EAST First or Second Team honors since the Preseason All-Rookie Team was discontinued in 1992-93.
The Golden Eagles were predicted to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll, one vote behind fifth-place Providence.
Marquette Pulls Away For Exhibition Victory
Marquette posted a 98-57 exhibition victory over Valley City State Monday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, pulling away in the second half.
Freshman forward Henry Ellenson had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds in 27 minutes of action.
Sophomore forward Sandy Cohen III chipped in 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. All of the 10 players who saw extended playing time scored and the team finished 60.7 percent from the floor for the game.
The VCSU roster featured Ellwood Ellenson, who faced off against older brother Wally and his youngest brother, Henry.
Wilson Looking To Build On Strong Debut Campaign
Sophomore guard Duane Wilson, who redshirted in 2013-14 after suffering a leg injury in the preseason, is looking to build on a solid debut campaign in 2014-15.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native chipped in 11.9 points per game last season and was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team for his efforts. He was the league’s top scoring freshman and is the seventh-highest returning scorer in the league in 2015-16. Wilson concluded the year ranked 16th in the conference in scoring and was 13th in 3-pointers made per game (1.5) and steals per game (1.2).
Wilson was the first freshman to score 30-or-more points for MU (30 vs. Tennessee, 11/30/15) since All-America selection Dwyane Wade did it twice in 2001-02. Wade scored 35 points against DePaul (Jan. 19, 2002) and 30 points versus Tennessee (Nov. 21, 2001).
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