Marquette Hosts Iowa Thursday In Gavitt Tipoff Games
Nov. 17, 2015
GAVITT TIPOFF GAMES | TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (1-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up its three-game homestand against Iowa (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games. FS1 will feature Marquette’s second national television broadcast of the campaign, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action.
The Gavitt Tipoff Games is an annual series between the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary. The series starts this year and will span eight years with games being played at home sites. The Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the basketball season.
MU Meeting Hawkeyes For First Time Since 1982
The Golden Eagles have faced the Hawkeyes a total of 17 times in the program’s history, but Thursday night’s matchup will mark the first meeting since the 1982-83 campaign.
The series dates back to 1924 when MU posted a narrow 21-20 win and highlights include a five-game winning streak from 1925-28 for Iowa and a 1955 contest in the NCAA tournament. Iowa ended Marquette’s season that year, posting an 86-81 win in the second round in Evanston, Illinois.
Marquette’s last win over Iowa came on Dec. 8, 1973, an 86-70 decision at home.
Fischer Doubling Up In 2015-16
Entering the 2015-16 campaign, junior center Luke Fischer hadn’t collected a double-double in nearly 40 career outings at Marquette and Indiana. He is now in possession of two after collecting 10-or-more points and rebounds in both of the squad’s outings.
Against IUPUI, Fischer played a career-high 44 minutes and chipped in 17 points and 10 boards. Six of his caroms came at the offensive end and he was 6-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
He had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Belmont, the 25th career outing at MU for the Indiana transfer, who also played in 13 games with the Hoosiers. In 30 minutes on the court, he also chipped in a pair of blocks and half of his boards came at the offensive end.
Through two games, the Germantown, Wisconsin native is contributing 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Cohen III’s All-Around Game On Display Early
Sophomore Sandy Cohen III has made significant strides, both on and off the court this offseason, and that hard work has been on display early in 2015-16.
Through two games, he has chipped in 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per games. Cohen III is shooting 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from behind the 3-point line in an average of 34.0 minutes per outing. The Seymour, Wisconsin native had 11 points, five rebounds and four steals in the win over IUPUI, but most importantly blocked a shot at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime.
As a freshman, Cohen III played just 15.0 minutes per contest and averaged 3.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per appearance.
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