MU Concludes Homestand Thursday Against New Hampshire
Nov. 19, 2013
TV Info: CBS Sports Network | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The No. 25/rv Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up its four-game homestand Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT when the squad hosts New Hampshire (2-1, 0-0 America East) in non-conference action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. CBS Sports Network will feature the television broadcast, with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) calling the action. Following Thursday’s contest, the Golden Eagles will head to the West Coast to participate in The DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
Marquette-New Hampshire Meeting For First Time
Marquette and New Hampshire will be meeting for the first time in men’s basketball when the two programs take the court Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
MU owns and overall record of 13-1 against teams currently in the America East Conference, most recently defeating UMBC 79-46 last season at home. Maine was the lone team to defeat MU, posting a 68-59 win on Feb. 5, 1997.
DirecTV Wooden Legacy Up Next For Marquette
After the Golden Eagles wrap up their season-long, four-game homestand Thursday night, the squad will head west for a busy week at the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
As part of the event, MU will play at Arizona State on Monday, Nov. 25. Both teams will join the rest of the eight-team field in California. The first two days of action will take place Nov. 28-29 on the campus of Cal State-Fullerton before moving to the Honda Center on Dec. 1. The ESPN family of networks will feature television coverage all weekend.
MU Hitting The Boards Early In 2013-14
Through games of Nov. 18, the Golden Eagles rank among the league leaders in several of the rebounding categories.
Fresh off a 50-board effort against Ohio State, MU is currently tops in the league in rebounding offense (47.0 rpg.), first in defensive rebounds (32.7 drpg.) and second in offensive caroms (14.3 orpg.). Led by sophomore forward Steve Taylor, Jr.’s, nine-rebound effort against the Buckeyes, each of the nine players to see action in the game accounted for at least two boards.
Marquette’s shooting struggles from the field have created a high number of rebound opportunities. MU scored just 35 points in the loss to OSU and shot under 20 percent, which allowed the team to finish with an 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The squad’s point total was the lowest since Marquette dropped a 55-35 decision to DePaul at home on Feb. 16, 2000.
MU Not Taking Advantage Of Charity In 2013-14
Through the first three games this season, Marquette is averaging 35 trips to the charity stripe. Unfortunately for MU, the team has connected on just 62.9 percent (66-of-105) 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).
Otule’s Career Places Him In Exclusive Company
Senior center Chris Otule is back for his sixth season with the Golden Eagles after receiving a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA following the 2012-13 campaign.
The 6-11, 265-pounder has seen three previous seasons cut short by injury. He played in just nine games in 2008-09 after breaking his left foot and saw action in three outings in 2009-10 after suffering the same injury to his right foot. Otule played in 37 games in 2010-11, but saw his 2011-12 campaign end after just eight games when he injured his left knee (ACL) in the opening minutes against Washington.
The Richmond, Texas, native started each of the team’s 35 outings in 2012-13 and posted averages of 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 17.7 minutes per contest. He led the team in both field goal percentage (.634) and blocked shots (36).
Otule has appeared in 95 career outings and owns 82 starting assignments. He currently ranks fifth all-time in career blocked shots (116) at MU. He is one of only three players (Andrey Semenov of James Madison and Jakob Gollon of Mercer) in the nation in possession of statistics during each of the last six seasons. There are a number of other sixth-year seniors on the court in 2013-14, but each has missed at least one full season during his respective career.
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