MU Opens EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Against Butler Nov. 19
Nov. 18, 2012
TV Info: ESPN2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-0) opens play at the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Monday, Nov. 19 when the team faces Butler at 2:30 p.m. CT. ESPN2 will feature the broadcast, with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) calling the action. The matchup between the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs opens the eight-team tournament, with the winner facing either North Carolina or Mississippi State in the second round on Nov. 20. Marquette is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2007, when the squad fell to Duke 77-73 in the championship game.
Gardner, Otule Power MU To Win Over SELA
The duo combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds in 39 total minutes of action and shot 12-of-20 from the floor. While Otule did most of his scoring in the first half, eight of Gardner’s points came during a decisive run late in the second half that allowed MU to pull away for the victory.
Through the first two games, Gardner is tops on the roster in scoring with 16.0 points per game, despite playing just 18.5 minutes per outing off the bench.
Marquette Hoping To Continue Tourney Success
Marquette is hoping to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments when the team competes in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
MU has claimed four titles since 2004-05 and advanced to the final game in three other events. Two of the wins have come in overtime and at one point the Golden Eagles had claimed 12-straight victories in those annual tournaments.
The Golden Eagles are 23-5 overall since 2004-05 in multi-team events, including four championships at the BCA Classic (2005), Great Alaska Shootout (2006), CBE Classic (2007) and U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam (2011).
MU appeared in the championship contest of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (2007), Chicago Invitational (2009) and the Old Spice Classic (2010).
MU Owns Mixed Results Against Tourney Field
Marquette owns a 14-13 all-time series advantage over Butler, with the first matchup dating back to the 1922-23 campaign. A majority of the meetings occurred before conference affiliation for MU, but the two squads most recently faced each other as members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. The last outing came in the regular-season finale of the 1990-91 campaign and resulted in an 84-74 win by Butler.
Marquette has never faced Mississippi State or USC and the team’s only matchup with host Chaminade came in the opening round of the 2007 tournament. MU is 5-9 all-time against Illinois and claimed the lone meeting with Texas in 1977-78.
Buzz Williams Nearing 100 Victories At Marquette
Fifth-year head coach Buzz Williams, who surpassed the 100 career victory mark during the 2011-12 campaign, is two wins away from reaching the same mark with the Golden Eagles.
Williams currently owns an overall record of 98-45 (.685) at MU, which includes four NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of trips to the Sweet 16. The program is an impressive 60-11 (.845) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and 46-26 (.639) in BIG EAST Conference competitions.
When Williams does reach 100 victories with the Blue & Gold, he will become the sixth coach in school history to accomplish the feat. Legendary Al McGuire tops the list with 295 wins, followed by Bill Chandler (193), Tom Crean (190), Hank Raymonds (126) and Mike Deane (100).
Golden Eagles Add Nationally Ranked Recruiting Class
Head coach Buzz Williams and the Marquette University men’s basketball program have announced the signing of Deonte Burton (Vincent HS/Milwaukee, WI), John Dawson (Clovis HS/Clovis, NM), JaJuan Johnson (Southwind HS/Memphis, TN), Jameel McKay (Indian Hills CC/Milwaukee, WI), and Duane Wilson (Dominican HS/Milwaukee, WI).
Williams and his staff are in possession of a consensus top-10 recruiting class, which marks the third nationally ranked group since he took over as head coach in 2008-09. Scout.com rates MU’s signees as the seventh-best in the country, followed by Rivals.com (7th), ESPN.com (9th), FoxSports.com (9th) and CBSSports.com (10th).