MU Opens Orlando Classic Against Georgia Tech

Junior Steve Taylor Jr. grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds Monday night
Nov. 25, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens play at the 2014 Orlando Classic Thursday night when the squad faces Georgia Tech (3-0, 0-0 ACC) at 7:30 p.m. CT from the HP Field House. ESPN2 will feature Marquette’s third national television broadcast of the campaign, with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action. Based on the result of the matchup with the Yellow Jackets, the Golden Eagles will face either No. 20/19 Michigan State or Rider in the second round Friday evening.

MU Owns History With Majority Of Tourney Field

The Golden Eagles have faced all but one (Rider) of the potential tournament opponents at least once during the program’s history and will be meeting Georgia Tech for the seventh time on Thursday night.

The all-time series with the Yellow Jackets is tied at 3-3, with the most recent matchup coming during Marquette’s run to the 1977 national title. MU posted a 63-45 win at home that season on Jan. 3 and finished with 25-7 overall record under legendary coach Al McGuire, including a victory over North Carolina in the title matchup.

Marquette has faced Michigan State a total of 54 times through the years and is 23-31 all-time against the Spartans. MU owns a limited series history with Kansas (1-6), Rhode Island (0-1), Santa Clara (2-1) and Tennessee (4-3).

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 2014 Orlando Classic.

MU has claimed four 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 27-8 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), Old Spice Classic (2010) and DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (2013).

Duane Wilson Makes Most Of First Career Start

Redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson, who missed all of the 2013-14 campaign after suffering an injury in the preseason, made the most of his first-career start Monday night against NJIT.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native netted a personal-best 18 points in 33 minutes of action and also chipped in two assists, one rebound and a steal. He was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe and collected five points in the final 1:17 to help secure the win. He knocked down a pair of free throws with 22 seconds on the clock to extend MU’s lead to four points.

Wilson is now second in the team in scoring, chipping in 11.8 points per contest.




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