Marquette Takes On Omaha Saturday Afternoon
Nov. 20, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (1-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens a two-game homestand Saturday afternoon when the team hosts Omaha (1-1, 0-0 Summit) at 1:30 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FOX Sports 2 will feature the team’s second national television broadcast of the campaign, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analyst) calling the action. After hosting the Mavericks, MU will have just one day to prepare for Monday night’s opponent NJIT. The squad will then depart Tuesday afternoon for the 2014 Orlando Classic, opening play versus Georgia Tech on Thanksgiving.
MU-Omaha Meeting For First Time
While Marquette and Omaha will be meeting for the first time in men’s basketball, MU has enjoyed a good amount of success against teams currently in the Summit League.
The Golden Eagles own a 24-3 all-time record versus Summit opponents, including 5-0 marks against both South Dakota and South Dakota State. MU will also face NJIT and Alabama A&M for the first time this season and could do the same at the Orlando Classic depending on matchups.
Marquette Lending Out Helping Hand In 2014-15
Marquette has assisted on 72 percent (36-of-50) of its made baskets through the first two games in 2014-15, which is the 11th-best rate in the country (through 11/19).
Seven of the nine active players on the roster own at least two assists, led by senior guard Matt Carlino’s 11 helpers (just two turnovers). Of the team’s 23 baskets at Ohio State, 17 were setup by a teammate.
Taylor Nets Career High At Ohio State
Junior forward Steve Taylor Jr. is the team’s leading scorer through two games, thanks in large part to a career-night Tuesday at Ohio State.
The Chicago, Ill., native finished with a personal-best 20 points to lead all scorers on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. He also chipped in seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in a career-best 35 minutes of action. His previous best of 16 points came against Grambling State on Nov. 12, 2013.
Taylor Jr. is currently tops on the roster with 14.0 points per outing and has already collected 28 total points after scoring just 57 all of last season.
Anderson Contributing All-Around Game
Through the first two games, the only thing that has been able to get senior forward Juan Anderson out of the game has been foul trouble.
The Oakland, Calif., native has been the team’s best all-around player, best illustrated by his effort at Ohio State Tuesday night. He chipped in six points, five rebounds and five assists in just 28 minutes of action. Anderson’s assist total matched a personal best.
For the season, he is contributing 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent (8-of-16) from the floor.
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