16/16 Marquette Travels To 9/7 Wisconsin Saturday Afternoon
Dec. 1, 2011
The No. 16/16 Marquette University men's basketball team continues its annual series with rival No. 9/7 Wisconsin Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT when the Golden Eagles travel to Madison, Wis., for non-conference action. The Big Ten Network will feature the broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles, one of 21 remaining undefeated teams in the country, are looking to improve to 7-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign (MU started 8-0 that season). Following Saturday's matchup, Marquette will return to action on Dec. 6 when the team faces Washington at Madison Square Garden at 8 p.m. CT in the Jimmy V Classic. Villanova takes on Missouri in the first game of the doubleheader.
Marquette-Wisconsin Series Reaches 118th Edition
Marquette's all-time series with Wisconsin dates back to 1917, with the first meeting coming in just MU's second season of competition.
Wisconsin owns a 64-53 edge in the previous matchups, with each squad enjoying an extended run of success at various points in the series. Marquette's best streak came between 1969 and 1984 when the team claimed 15-straight wins and 19-of-21 overall.
MU has met Wisconsin more times (117) in men's basketball than any other opponent in program history. Notre Dame and Marquette have met on 115 occasions dating back to 1920, the second-most matchups against any single opponent in the record book.
Offensive Attack Clicking Early In 2011-12
Marquette's offensive attack has been in midseason form early in 2011-12 and as a result the Golden Eagles rank among the nation's best in several statistical categories.
Among the 16 BIG EAST programs, MU ranks first or second in a total of five offensive statistics, including scoring offense (1st, 88.0 ppg.) and field goal percentage (1st, .531). The Golden Eagles are also well represented in the national statistics (through games of Nov. 30).
Marquette's defensive effort has been equally impressive, ranking 15th in field goal percentage defense (.353) through games of Nov. 30 and 12th in opponent points per possession (0.82).
Blue Provides All-Around Contribution In Victory
Sophomore Vander Blue scored just three points in the victory over Jacksonville Monday night, but may have been the most important Golden Eagle on the floor.
The Madison, Wis., native started and played just 24 minutes, but found enough time to chip in a career-high seven assists and matched personal bests with nine rebounds and four steals. Blue finished 1-of-2 from the field and for the season is shooting 51.2 percent (22-of-43) from the field and is third on the roster in scoring (10.7 points per game).
Blue shot just 39.4 percent from the floor as a freshman and concluded the year contributing 5.1 points per outing.
Mayo Provides Instant Offense
Freshman guard Todd Mayo has made the most of his 16.3 minutes per game early in 2011-12 and is currently fourth on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game.
Mayo netted a personal-best 14 points in the win over Jacksonville in just 15 minutes of action off the bench. He finished the night 4-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe and also chipped in one assist and a steal.
For the season, the Huntington, W.V., native is shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.