MU Hosts Western Carolina Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m. CT
Nov. 29, 2016
TV Info: FS2 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up a three-game homestand Wednesday night when the squad welcomes Western Carolina (2-4, 0-0 Southern) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for a 7:30 p.m. CT opening tip. FS2 will feature the team’s seventh national television broadcast of the campaign, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action.
MU Partners With Nike During N7 Initiative
The Golden Eagles are one of several schools across the nation wearing special Nike uniforms as part of the company’s N7 initiative during Native American Heritage Month. Marquette will feature its uniforms vs. WCU.
The N7 Collection supports the N7 fund and its commitment to help organizations provide sport and physical activity programming to Native American and Aboriginal communities across North America. Since its inception in 2009, the N7 fund has committed more than $4 million to get Native youth moving.
Marquette Owns Series Advantage With WCU
The Golden Eagles have claimed each of the four all-time meetings with Western Carolina in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 campaign.
Marquette posted a 63-53 decision over the Catamounts on Feb. 11, 1975 during a run that saw the team win 12-straight games. MU concluded the year 23-4 overall and the winning streak wasn’t snapped until falling to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.
The most recent matchup came during the 2008-09 season and resulted in a 97-77 victory on Dec. 19, 2008 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Forward Lazar Hayward led all scorers with 27 points.
Marquette Reaches Century Mark, Again
Freshman Markus Howard’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the win over Houston Baptist allowed the team to eclipse the century mark in points for the second-straight game.
Marquette downed IUPUI 104-79 on Nov. 22 prior to the 101-79 victory over the Huskies on Nov. 26. The last time the Golden Eagles netted 100-or-more points in back-to-back outings came in 2008-09. MU defeated Chicago State (106-87) and Milwaukee (100-80) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the first year under head coach Buzz Williams.
In the program’s storied 100-year history, the team has never scored at least 100 points in three-consecutive outings.
Fischer One Of Nation’s Most Efficient Scorers
Senior center Luke Fischer collected his sixth career double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds) in the win over Houston Baptist on Nov. 26, thanks in large part to an efficient 9-of-10 effort from the field.
Through games of Nov. 27, Fischer is ranked second in the BIG EAST and ninth in the nation in field goal percentage (.745). He has also collected enough career field goal attempts to qualify for the program’s career mark in that category and right now would own the top position all-time in field goal percentage (.622). The Germantown, Wisconsin native knocked down 60.8 percent of his shots in 2015-16, the second-best single-season effort in MU history.
Ric Cobb (1968-70) converted on 58.8 percent of his chances during his career in a Marquette uniform and first in school history.
Hauser Dialing Long Distance Early in 2016-17
Freshman forward Sam Hauser has had an impact at both ends of the court early in 2016-17 and as a result has earned a pair of starting assignments.
The Stevens Point, Wisconsin native has been particularly impressive from behind the 3-point line, where he is shooting 46.4 percent (13-of-28) for the season and has at least two made treys in five of the team’s six outings. Hauser leads the squad in 3-pointers made and for the season, 13 of his 17 made field goals are from deep.
Through games of Nov. 27, Hauser is ranked 13th in the BIG EAST in 3-point percentage and classmate Markus Howard is fifth overall (9-of-16, 56.3 percent).
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