Marquette To Face SDSU For Wooden Legacy Title
Nov. 30, 2013
The No. 25/rv Marquette University men’s basketball team (5-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) will face San Diego State (4-1, 0-0 Mountain West) Sunday night in the championship game of the 2013 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy. ESPN2 will feature the 8:30 p.m. CT national television broadcast, with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (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 wraps up play at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
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 27-7 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). The Golden Eagles will return to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic in 2014 in a field that includes Michigan State, Kansas, Tennessee and Xavier.
MU Finds Shooting Touch In California
Marquette had struggled at the offensive end of the court through the first five games of the season, but fortunately has found its shooting touch since arriving in California for the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy.
Through the first two games of the tourney, the Golden Eagles have connected on 50.4 percent (60-of-119) of their opportunities from the field, which includes a 15-of-31 (48.4 percent) effort from behind the 3-point line. MU has also converted on 73.0 percent (27-of-37) of its chances from the charity stripe, well above the squad’s season average.
Entering Thursday’s matchup with Cal State Fullerton, MU was shooting just 38.7 percent from the field as a team and 22.3 percent from long distance.
Gardner Pacing Team In Points, Rebounds
Senior forward Davante Gardner has picked up where he left off in 2012-13, when he was the BIG EAST Conference Sixth Man of the Year.
The Suffolk, Va., native currently tops the roster in points (15.1) and rebounds (6.9) per game. He has stepped up his production at The Wooden Legacy, contributing 19.0 points and 9.0 boards per contest in 27.5 minutes per night. He has missed a double-double in each of those outings by just a single carom.
Anderson Nearly Doubles Up In Trip Home
Junior forward Juan Anderson, playing in his home state of California, collected his best game of the season in the victory over George Washington.
In just 18 minutes of action, the Oakland, Calif., native finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first career double-double. He knocked down both of his field goal attempts and was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Marquette Returns To Honda Center
Sunday night’s championship game of the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy will be played at The Honda Center, home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
MU’s previous visit to the arena came during the 2008 NCAA tournament in the final season under former head coach Tom Crean. The Golden Eagles defeated Kentucky 74-66 in the first round before falling to third-seeded Stanford 82-81 in overtime. Jerel McNeal had 30 points for Marquette, but a basket by Brook Lopez with two seconds left proved to be the difference.
The Golden Eagles returned to California in 2009-10 for postseason play, falling to Washington on another last-second shot in San Jose.