Marquette To Play Tennessee In Orlando Classic
Nov. 29, 2014
TV Info: ESPN2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (3-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) will face Tennessee (2-2, 0-0 SEC) at 3 p.m. CT in the third-place game at the Orlando Classic on Sunday, Nov. 30. ESPN2 will feature Marquette’s sixth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (analyst) calling the action from HP Field House. Following Sunday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee and have nearly a week to prepare for rival Wisconsin’s visit to the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. CT on CBS.
Marquette Owns Slim Advantage In Series
Marquette owns a slim 4-3 advantage in the all-time series against Tennessee, with the most recent meeting coming in Nashville in 2008.
The 16th-ranked Volunteers posted an 80-68 win in that game in the first season under head coach Buzz Williams, downing No. 24 Marquette despite 30 points from guard Wesley Matthews. The game was played as part of the BIG EAST/SEC Invitational and was the second game of a doubleheader that also featured Vanderbilt and USF.
The two programs first met during the 1972-73 campaign and unranked Marquette was able to post a 56-30 win over No. 14 Tennessee in that contest. Kevin O’Neill spent five seasons (1989-94) as head coach at Marquette before coaching for three years (1994-97) at Tennessee.
Milwaukee Natives Carried MU Early In Second Half
Following back-to-back 3-pointers by Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine to open the second half, the Golden Eagles relied on a pair of Milwaukee natives to help close the gap.
Redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson and sophomore forward Deonte Burton combined to net the team’s first 13 points over the course of nearly eight minutes following intermission. Wilson scored 10 of his team-high 15 points after the break and Burton finished with 10 points in just 19 minutes of action off the bench.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, as MSU knocked down 12 3-pointers as a team and shot 57.8 percent from the field overall.
Carlino Doing In All In Orlando
Senior guard Matt Carlino has done everything but lead a team tour of Disney this weekend at the Orlando Classic.
Through the first two games of tourney action, he is contributing 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per outing. He tops the roster in scoring and rebounding in those games and is shooting 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from behind the 3-point line.
The Phoenix, Ariz., native finished with a career high and tournament-record 38 points in 33 minutes of action against Georgia Tech. He was 8-of-14 from behind the 3-point line (all of his made field goals) and finished 14-of-16 from the charity stripe. He also found time to chip in six rebounds.
The eight 3-pointers were the most in a single game for the Golden Eagles since Steve Novak knocked down the same amount against Louisville on Jan. 31, 2004. The school record is nine treys by Mark Anglavar, which he set against Butler on Feb. 1, 1990.
Through the first four games of the season, Carlino had collected a total of just seven 3-pointers. For the year, he is actually shooting better from behind the 3-point line (17-of-39, 43.6 percent) than he is from the field overall (22-of-62, 35.5 percent). Carlino has converted on just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) of his two-point shots.
Marquette Relying On Zone, Starters In Tourney
Two noticeable changes for Marquette in Orlando have been the installation of a zone defense and the utilization of what has amounted to a seven-man rotation.
In the win over Georgia Tech, all five starters played at least 30 minutes for the first time in 2013-14. Against Michigan State, forward Juan Anderson was limited to 26 minutes because of foul trouble, but each of the other four starters play 30-or-more minutes. Sophomores Jajuan Johnson and Deonte Burton have seen the most action off the bench in the last two games, but freshman Sandy Cohen has played a total of just seven minutes.
Marquette’s roster currently features only nine active players and that number will move to 10 on Dec. 16 against Arizona State when Indiana transfer Luke Fischer becomes eligible for the first time.
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