MU Opens Road Swing At Arizona State Monday Night
Nov. 23, 2013
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (3-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) open a five-game road swing when the squad faces Arizona State (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) at 8 p.m. CT. FOX Sports 1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action. The matchup will serve as a preview to the 2013 DirecTV Wooden Legacy (Nov. 28-Dec. 1), which includes the Golden Eagles and the Sun Devils in the eight-team field.
DirecTV Wooden Legacy Up Next For Marquette
As part of the 2013 Wooden Legacy, Marquette travels to Arizona State in an opening-round matchup Monday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Also included in the eight-team field are Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Miami and San Diego State. The participants will play the first two days at Titan Gym on CS Fullerton’s campus before moving to the Honda Center for the final day on Dec. 1.
Marquette is a combined 57-30 all-time (48-28 against Creighton) versus the tourney field, including a 2-0 mark against ASU. The two programs haven’t met since the 1982-83 campaign when MU posted a 71-65 victory (Jan. 4, 1983) on the road. MU will be meeting Cal State Fullerton and George Washington for the first time.
Marquette Hoping To Continue Tourney Success
Marquette is hoping to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments when the team competes in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
MU has claimed four titles since 2004-05 and advanced to the final game in three other events. Two of the wins have come in overtime and at one point the Golden Eagles had claimed 12-straight victories in those annual tournaments.
The Golden Eagles are 25-6 overall since 2004-05 in multi-team events, including four championships at the BCA Classic (2005), Great Alaska Shootout (2006), CBE Classic (2007) and U.S. Virgin Island Paradise Jam (2011).
MU appeared in the championship contest of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (2007), Chicago Invitational (2009) and the Old Spice Classic (2010).
With Offense Struggling, Defense Proving To Be Strength
Through the first four games of 2013-14, Marquette’s offensive attack has struggled to find efficiency. Fortunately for MU, the team’s effort on the defensive end of the court has been among the nation’s best.
Through games of Nov. 22, Marquette ranks 19th in the nation in scoring defense (58.0 ppg.), 13th in field goal percentage defense (.346) and ninth in opponent points per possession (0.82). The team is third in the BIG EAST in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.301) and second in defensive rebounds (29.3 drpg.).
MU Hitting The Boards Early In 2013-14
Through games of Nov. 22, the Golden Eagles rank among the league leaders in several of the rebounding categories.
MU is currently tops in the league in rebounding offense (43.2 rpg.), second in defensive rebounds (29.3 drpg.) and second in offensive caroms (14.0 orpg.). Led by sophomore forward Steve Taylor, Jr.’s 6.8 boards per outing, the Golden Eagle roster features eight players contributing at least 3.0 rebounds per contest.
Otule’s Offensive Efficiency Tough To Improve On
While the Golden Eagles have struggled to find their shooting touch from the field as a team, senior center Chris Otule hasn’t encountered any issues in regards to converting on field goal attempts.
The Richmond, Texas, native is currently tops in the BIG EAST and second in the nation in field goal percentage (.867). He is 13-of-15 from the floor on the year in 19.5 minutes per night and as a result is chipping in 9.8 points per contest.
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