MU To Face George Washington In Wooden Legacy Semis
Nov. 28, 2013
The No. 25/rv Marquette University men’s basketball team (4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues play at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy Friday afternoon when the squad faces George Washington (5-0) at 2:30 p.m. CT. The semifinal matchup in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. ESPN will feature the national television broadcast, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) calling the action.
Marquette Looking For Another Tourney Title
Marquette is hoping to continue a trend of recent success in regular-season tournaments when the team continues at 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.
Marquette is 26-7 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).
Williams Moving Up Marquette Coaching List
The 86-66 Marquette victory over Cal State Fullerton was the 126th under head coach Buzz Williams (126-56), which ties him for fourth all-time in program history with Hank Raymonds (126-50).
Legendary head coach Al McGuire (1964-77) tops the list with 295 wins and is followed by Bill Chandler (193, 1930-51) and Tom Crean (190, 1999-2008). Williams is second to only McGuire in NCAA tournament victories. MU has claimed eight decisions in Williams’ five seasons, while McGuire directed the program to 20 NCAA wins.
Jamil Wilson Breaks Out Of Shooting Slump
Senior forward Jamil Wilson entered Thursday’s game against Cal State Fullerton connecting on just 31.9 percent of his shots from the field.
After missing his first attempt versus the Titans, Wilson failed to connect on just one more of his 10 shots in the opening half and as a result posted a personal-best 20 points at the intermission. The Racine, Wis., native finished 10-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-3 from long distance. He narrowly missed a double-double, grabbing nine rebounds. Wilson also found time to dish out four assists.
Wilson is now connecting on 41.0 percent of his shots from the field in 2013-14.
Johnson Makes Most Of Minutes
Freshman Jujuan Johnson was an accomplished scorer in the prep ranks and has displayed his offensive ability early in 2013-14, both from the perimeter and when attacking the basket.
Already in possession of one double figure scoring effort (vs. Grambling St.), the Memphis, Tenn., native collected the best effort of his young career in the win over Cal State Fullerton. He finished with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench. Johnson was 3-of-3 from long distance and also found time to chip in three assists, one block and a steal.
Johnson is now averaging 7.8 points per game.
Wilson, Gardner Narrowly Miss Double-Doubles
While Marquette finished with a commanding 40-20 (15-5 on offensive end) advantage on the boards in the win over Cal State Fullerton, both Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson finished the game looking for one more rebound.
Each player missed a double-double by just a single carom. Gardner concluded the afternoon with 18 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes and Wilson added 24 points and nine boards. Gardner is in possession of five career double-doubles (including one at Arizona State), while Wilson owns one in his three years at Marquette.