Marquette Hosts UT Martin In Season Lidlifter Friday

First-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski will make his debut Friday night.
Nov. 12, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens its 98th season of play Friday night when the squad hosts UT Martin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 8:30 p.m. CT. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast for the campaign lidlifter, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Dickie Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Friday’s contest will mark the first matchup between the Golden Eagles and Skyhawks. MU is 6-1 all-time against teams currently in the Ohio Valley Conference. Season tickets remain on sale and fans are able to purchase half-price seats (visit GoMarquette.com for more information) for the opener, courtesy of Pepsi.

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 2014-15 when the team faces UT Martin in the first game of the year.

The Golden Eagles are 82-15 (.845) all-time in campaign lidlifters, including a 63-56 victory over Southern to begin the 2013-14 season. MU owns a 13-game winning streak in season openers and has claimed 14 of its last 15 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 2004-05 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.

Steve Wojciechowski To Make Head Coaching Debut

Steve Wojciechowski, who spent nearly 20 years as a player and coach at Duke, was named Marquette’s 17th head coach on April 1, 2014.

Wojciechowski, 38, served as an assistant coach at Duke since the 1999-2000 season and was promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2008. As a player and coach, he was a part of Duke's winning tradition, serving on the coaching staff for two NCAA tournament champions (2001, 2010). During his tenure, the Blue Devils posted an incredible 441-92 record and competed in the NCAA tournament every year.

Wojciechowski also served as court coach and scout for the USA Basketball Men's National Team. He helped lead on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including the program's gold-medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.

UTM’s Heath Schroyer is also in his first season with the Skyhawks after most recently serving as associate head coach at UNLV under Dave Rice.

Marquette Shares Seventh In Preseason Poll

The Golden Eagles have been predicted to finish seventh in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference in 2014-15, according to the preseason coaches poll.

Marquette and Butler are tied for seventh with 28 points. Villanova (81 points) was selected to claim the title, well ahead of Georgetown, which received 67 points in the league survey.

Marquette has two senior starters returning, guard Derrick Wilson and forward Juan Anderson. Wilson, who has played 100 collegiate games, averaged 5.0 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds last season. Anderson started 19 games and averaged 3.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. Sophomore forward Deonte Burton made the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team after averaging 6.9 points.

Plenty Of Scoring, Rebounding Opportunities in 2014-15

With the departure of three starters and six total letterwinners from last season’s squad, there are plenty of opportunities for every player to contribute in 2014-15.

The Golden Eagles are without each of their top four scorers from a season ago and three of the squad’s top four contributors on the boards. The roster changeover results in the loss of 71.9 percent of the team’s scoring and 58.6 percent of its rebounding.

Marquette’s returnees chipped in a total of just 28 3-pointers in 2013-14, or 18.2 percent of last year’s total. Sophomore guard Jajuan Johnson is the team leader among returnees with nine treys made last year.


 

 

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