No. 17/17 Marquette Hosts No. 10/9 Ohio State Saturday
Nov. 14, 2013
TV Info: FOX | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The No. 17/17 Marquette University men's basketball team (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its season-long four-game homestand Saturday at 12 p.m. CT when the squad hosts No. 10/9 Ohio State at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX will feature the national television broadcast in the first-ever collegiate men's basketball production on the network. Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (analyst) will call the action from courtside. MU wraps up its homestand versus New Hampshire on Nov. 21 following the outing against the Buckeyes.
MU, OSU Wait Over One Year For Opening Tip
Marquette and Ohio State were originally scheduled to open 2012-13 (Nov. 9, 2012) in the second annual Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C., aboard the USS Yorktown.
Unfortunately, the game was ruled a "no contest" by the game officials due to weather conditions after the court became too slippery to safely conduct the game. MU and OSU attempted to play the game later in the non-conference season, but couldn't find a date that fit into both schedules.
Saturday's matchup will mark the first in a home-and-home series that will see the Golden Eagles travel to Columbus, Ohio, in 2014-15.
Ohio State owns a slim 5-4 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1933-34 campaign. The Golden Eagles have claimed three of the last four outings with the Buckeyes, most recently posting an 82-70 win on the road on November 30, 1994. Guard Anthony Pieper led the way with 22 points and forward Roney Eford chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. OSU was led by Rick Yudt's 23 points.
Marquette currently owns 137 all-time victories against programs currently in the Big Ten Conference.
MU Owns Extended Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 27-game winning streak (second-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) in the league. The Golden Eagles finished 16-0 at home in 2012-13 and completed their second-straight season of league play undefeated with a win over Notre Dame en route to a share of the league's regular season title.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 331-87 (.806) and a 55-13 (.809) mark in BIG EAST action.
Marquette claimed an amazing 81-straight home games from 1967-73 for the longest run in school history and is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
Balanced Scoring Leads To Offensive Outburst
Marquette had eight players (most since 1990) reach double figures in points in the 114-71 win over Grambling State on Tuesday night, and the result was a near-record point total.
MU's 114 points were the most the squad has scored since posting a 118-60 victory over Milwaukee on Jan. 14, 1969. In that game, Dean Meminger led all scorers with 31 points and George Thompson chipped in 24. The 118 points remain the program's all-time single-game record.
The team has collected 106 three times since then, most recent of which was a Nov. 17, 2008 win over Chicago State in Buzz Williams' second game as head coach of the Golden Eagles.
MU Not Taking Advantage Of Charity In 2013-14
Through the first two games this season, Marquette is averaging 42 trips to the charity stripe. Unfortunately for MU, the team has connected on just 61.9 percent (52-of-84) of its opportunities.
Free throw shooting has always been a strong aspect of the team under head coach Buzz Williams. The Golden Eagles converted on 73.0 percent of their opportunities in 2012-13 to rank second in the BIG EAST Conference. In Williams' five-year tenure, MU has only finished below 72.0 percent from the line for a season on one occasion (2010-11).
Taylor, Jr. Collects First Career Double-Double
Sophomore forward Steve Taylor, Jr., finished with career highs in both points and rebounds in the win over Grambling St., which resulted in his first career double-double.
Taylor, Jr., chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action, finishing 7-of-10 from the floor. He also dished out four assists. Of his 11 boards, five came at the offensive end and continued a trend he established in 2012-13. Of his 73 total rebounds during his freshman campaign, 36 came at the offensive end.
Newcomers Display Ability To Contribute
After mixed results in the season opener against Southern, Marquette's highly-rated recruiting class gave Golden Eagle fans a glimpse into the group's potential against Grambling St.
Freshmen Deonte Burton, John Dawson and Jajuan Johnson all came off the bench and contributed 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as a group. The newcomers are awaiting the addition of classmate Duane Wilson, who has yet to see game action while recovering from a stress fracture suffered during preseason workouts.
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