MU Opens DIRECTV Wooden Legacy Thursday Afternoon
Nov. 26, 2013
TV Info: ESPN2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The No. 25/rv Marquette University men’s basketball team (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues play in the 2013 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy Thursday afternoon when the squad faces Cal State Fullerton at 3:30 p.m. CT. ESPN2 will feature the national television broadcast, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) calling the action. Based on Thursday’s result, MU will face either George Washington or Miami in the second round on Friday.
DirecTV Wooden Legacy Up Next For Marquette
As part of the 2013 Wooden Legacy, Marquette traveled 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. The teams will have the opportunity to visit Disneyland on Saturday, which is the event’s scheduled off day.
Marquette is a combined 57-31 all-time (48-28 against Creighton) versus the tourney field. 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 25-7 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).
Derrick Wilson Distributing As Usual On Offense
Junior guard Derrick Wilson scored a career-high 14 points (entered game with four points in four games) at Arizona State, but his play managing MU’s offensive attack was even more valuable.
In a career-best 39 minutes of action, Wilson finished with a team-best seven assists and didn’t turn the ball over once. He is ranked among the BIG EAST Conference leaders in assists per game (t5th, 4.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (5th, 3.8), continuing a career-long trend.
In 73 all-time appearances, Wilson owns an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.1, which translates into just one miscue for every 27 minutes of game action.
Thomas Enjoys Career Night At MU Against Arizona St.
Senior guard Jake Thomas enjoyed his best all-around game as a Marquette player Monday night at Arizona State, nearly leading the squad to an impressive rally.
The Racine, Wis., native finished with 16 points, five assists, two steals and a rebound in a personal-best 36 minutes of action. He knocked down five 3-pointers and all of his points came in the second half.
While Monday’s effort was impressive, his collegiate career does include a 40-point effort. While at South Dakota, Thomas knocked down a school-record 10 treys in a victory over Chicago State (2/26/11). He transferred to MU after two seasons at South Dakota, where he was an honorable mention all-league performer as a sophomore.
Anderson Returns Home To West Coast
Junior forward Juan Anderson is expecting a large fan base this week at the Wooden Legacy as he plays as close as he has to home during his Marquette career.
The Oakland, Calif., native led Castro Valley High School to a record-setting campaign under head coach Nick Jones in 2010-11. He averaged 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior and was named first team all-league and all-metro.
The lone Californian on the Marquette team, Anderson will see nine state natives on the Cal State Fullerton roster Thursday afternoon at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.