No. 11/11 Marquette To Face Washington In Jimmy V Classic Tuesday
Dec. 5, 2011
TV Info: ESPN (Dan Shulman & Dick Vitale), ESPN3
Radio Info: 540 ESPN (Steve True & Jim McIlvaine), ESPN Radio (Marc Kestecher & Bobby Valvano)
The No. 11/11 Marquette University men's basketball team makes an early trip to New York City this season when the team faces Washington Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in the 2011 Jimmy V Classic. The Golden Eagles and Huskies will play at 8 p.m. CT time in the second game of a doubleheader, with fellow BIG EAST member Villanova taking on Missouri to begin the night's festivities. The Golden Eagles are one of 15 undefeated teams remaining in the nation through games of Dec. 4 and are looking to move to 8-0 for the first time since 2006-07.
Last Meeting With Huskies Heartbreaker For MU
Marquette and Washington have met on just three occasions all time, but Golden Eagle fans painfully remember the most recent matchup in 2010.
UW's Quincy Pondexter's basket with 1.7 seconds left in regulation proved to be the game winner in an 80-78 Washington victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in San Jose, Calif.
Marquette's Lazar Hayward nearly hit a miraculous halfcourt shot at the buzzer, but MU's season ended with its 16th game decided by four-or-less points.
Golden Eagles Grind Out Huge Win At Rival Wisconsin
The Golden Eagles were able to claim an important 61-54 victory at Wisconsin Saturday afternoon, with the final box score indicating just how difficult the win was to earn.
Marquette shot just 38.3 percent from the floor, including 18.2 percent from behind the 3-point line, and turned the ball over 13 times while collecting just seven assists. MU was also in foul trouble the entire evening and playing without starting point guard Junior Cadougan. Senior Jae Crowder was also limited to just two points on four shot attempts.
MU's defensive effort, which allowed the Badgers to shoot just 32.0 percent from the floor for the game, was the key to victory. Marquette held UW to just 26.1 percent from the floor in the opening half and collected 10-straight stops down the stretch to help secure the win.
Depth Providing Options For Coaching Staff
Head coach Buzz Williams and his staff have assembled the deepest roster during his tenure and the fourth-year head coach is utilizing all of his options.
The win over Wisconsin was a perfect example, where all 10 of the team's active players saw at least seven minutes of action. All but one player (Derrick Wilson) scored at least two points in the victory and each individual grabbed at least one rebound. Starting point guard Junior Cadougan missed the game due to a violation of team rules, making contributions from the bench even more important.
Marquette's bench outscored Wisconsin 32-11, thanks in large part to Todd Mayo's 14 points. Through the first seven games of the season, 10 of the 11 eligible players on the roster are averaging at least 10.0 minutes per game and no player has been on the court for more than 29 minutes per outing.
Anderson Picks Critical Time To Make Impact
Freshman forward Juan Anderson entered Saturday's game at Wisconsin in possession of just seven career minutes in two appearances with the Golden Eagles.
The Oakland, Calif., native chipped in five rebounds in just seven minutes of action against the Badgers, including three in the second half as MU held off a UW rally. Anderson also netted his first career points with a reverse layup at the 8:17 mark to extend Marquette's slim advantage to 45-40.
Anderson was slowed in the preseason by a foot injury and missed the first three games of the season due to an NCAA violation for accepting Milwaukee Brewers tickets from someone other than his parents/guardians.