Marquette To Face Norfolk State For Paradise Jam Title
Nov. 21, 2011
The Marquette University men’s basketball team will play in the championship game of the 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, facing Norfolk State for the second time in a week. Opening tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and Fox College Sports (FSN Wisconsin) will feature the national television broadcast. The Golden Eagles defeated the Spartans 99-68 on Nov. 14 in the Bradley Center in the opening game of the tournament, which was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
MU Runs Past Ole Miss In Paradise Jam Semis
Marquette led by as many as 32 points in the victory over Ole Miss, concluding the night with a 96-66 victory.
The Golden Eagles outscored the Rebels 33-13 at the free throw line and four players reached double figures in points. Senior Jae Crowder chipped in a game-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and classmate Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 points and four assists.
MU’s defense was just as impressive, holding Ole Miss to 32.1 percent from the field and 13.0 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Offensive Attack Producing Early In 2011-12
Marquette’s offensive attack is producing at a high level early in 2011-12, averaging 95.2 points per outing through the team’s first four outings.
The Golden Eagles defeated Ole Miss 96-66 on Sunday night, marking the fourth-straight game MU has surpassed the 90-point plateau. In its 95-year history, Marquette has never reached 90 points in four-consecutive outings. The last time the squad reached the mark in three outings came in the opening three contests of the 2008-09 campaign, the first season under head coach Buzz Williams. That season, MU downed Houston Baptist (95-64), Chicago State (106-87) and Milwaukee (100-80).
Marquette is currently shooting 55.6 percent (4th in nation) from the floor and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. MU’s offensive attack ranks among the nation’s best in several categories through games of Nov. 20.
Free Throw Line Continues To Provide Advantage
The ability to consistently get to the free throw line, as well as convert on those opportunities, has been a focus since fourth-year head coach Buzz Williams took over.
The focus has been evident early in 2011-12, where once again the Golden Eagles have made more free throws (96) than their opponents have attempted (71). As a result, MU is outscoring opponents by an average of over 13 points per game (24.0-10.5) from the line. The victory over Ole Miss provided a perfect example. MU finished 33-of-43 from the line and the Rebels were just 13-of-21 from the charity stripe.
Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Marquette is 1,898-of-2,633 (72.1 percent) from the free throw line and opponents are 1,223-of-1,831 (66.8 percent).