Marquette Faces Pittsburgh At 3:30 p.m. CT Friday
Nov. 18, 2016
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-1 BIG EAST) will face Pittsburgh (2-1, 0-0 ACC) at 3:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 18 in the third-place game of the 2K Classic in Madison Square Garden. ESPN2 will feature the national television broadcast, with Karl Ravech (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) calling the action.
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 32-10 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).
MU-Pitt Familiar Opponents From BIG EAST Days
The Golden Eagles own a slim 9-8 advantage in the all-time series with Pittsburgh, with a majority of the meetings coming when both programs were members of the BIG EAST Conference.
Marquette (then ranked 18th) claimed the most recent matchup, downing the No. 16 Panthers 79-69 on Feb. 16, 2013 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The series dates back to the 1930-31 campaign and includes and NCAA tournament contest in 2002-03 when the Golden Eagles advanced to the Final Four. MU edged Pitt in the postseason that year, 77-74 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Cheatham Helping Out On The Boards
With a lack of depth along the front line, Marquette needs help on the boards on both ends of the court from its corps of perimeter players.
Sophomore guard Haanif Cheatham, who checks in at 6-5, currently leads the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per contest. He led the squad with six rebounds in the loss to Michigan Thursday night and also chipped in 12 points, four assists and three steals.
As a freshman, Cheatham chipped in 3.4 caroms per game.
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