Marquette Heads to NYC Thursday For 2K Classic
Nov. 15, 2016
TV Info: ESPN2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-0 BIG EAST) faces Michigan (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) in the championship round of the 2K Classic Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden. ESPN2 will feature the national television broadcast, with Karl Ravech (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action. Depending on Thursday’s results, the Golden Eagles will face either Pittsburgh or SMU on Friday night.
Marquette Continues Play In 2K Classic
Marquette is hoping to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments when the team continues play in the 2016 2K Classic.
MU has claimed five titles since 2004-05 and advanced to the final game in four other events. Two of the wins have come in overtime and at one point the Golden Eagles had claimed 12-straight victories in the annual tournaments.
The Golden Eagles are 32-9 overall since 2004-05 in multi-team events, including championships at the BCA Classic (2005), Great Alaska Shootout (2006), CBE Classic (2007), U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam (2011) and Legends Classic (2015).
MU appeared in the championship contest of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (2007), Chicago Invitational (2009), Old Spice Classic (2010) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (2013).
Marquette-Michigan Series Dates Back To 1941
The series between Marquette and Michigan dates back to the 1941-42 campaign and the Wolverines have claimed 13 of the 19 all-time meetings.
The two teams most recently met in the semifinals of the 2009 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida, and the Golden Eagles were able to claim a 79-65 decision over No. 15 Michigan.
While Marquette celebrates its 100th year of basketball in 2016-17, it’s worth noting that MU and Michigan crossed paths in two of the program’s most successful campaigns. MU downed the 12th-ranked Wolverines 72-70 in the NCAA tournament en route to an appearance in the national championship game in 1974. Three years later, No. 3 Michigan defeated Marquette 69-68 at home in the regular season finale. Marquette would recover from that setback to claim the 1977 National Championship under legendary head coach Al McGuire.
Tale Of Two Halves For Marquette In Victories
Head coach Steve Wojciechowski might want to start documenting his halftime speeches for others to utilize after seeing the dramatic improvement of the team following intermission.
The Golden Eagles have been significantly better at both ends of the court after halftime and as a result have pulled away for double-digit victories in both outings.
Marquette is averaging 36.5 points in the opening 20 minutes of action while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor overall and 26.3 percent from long distance. Once the final stanza begins, however, MU nets an average of 51.5 points in the second half while knocking down 58.2 percent of its field goal chances and 51.5 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The defense has been just as impressive, holding Vanderbilt and Howard to a combined 31.5 percent from the floor after halftime and just 27.8 percent from 3-point land.
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