Marquette Hosts Fresno State Tuesday Night
Dec. 5, 2016
TV Info: CBS Sports Network | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (6-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens a season-long five game homestand Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes Fresno State (5-2, 0-0 Mountain West) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. CBS Sports Network will feature Marquette's ninth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (analyst) calling the action. Following Tuesday night's game, the Golden Eagles will host rival Wisconsin at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday Dec. 10 on FS1. As part of the season-long celebration of 100 years of men's basketball, the University will recognize the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Championship team during halftime of the matchup with the Badgers.
Marquette Earned Win In Lone Matchup
Marquette and Fresno State have met on just one other occasion on the court and MU was able to claim a 57-54 victory on Dec. 4, 1979 at home.
The matchup was the second game of the year for Marquette in 1979-80 and the team was led by 21 points from Artie Green. Sam Worthen chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds. MU finished the year 18-9 that season under head coach Hank Raymonds and played in the NCAA East Regional, falling to Villanova in the opening round in Providence, R.I.
While the Golden Eagles haven't faced the Bulldogs since 1979, the Fresno State coaching staff does provide a familiar face. Jerry Wainwright, who worked as director of basketball operations and an assistant coach (2012-14) under Buzz Williams, is an assistant on the team under Rodney Terry.
Wainwright also spent five years as head coach at fellow BIG EAST Conference member DePaul.
Offensive Attack Clicking During Win Streak
Marquette has claimed each of its last four games, thanks in large part to the team's effort at the offensive end of the court.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 96.0 points per game during the current run and shooting 53.5 percent from the field overall, 42.1 percent from long distance and 82.7 percent from the charity stripe. The team is assisting on just over 20 baskets per game and five players are averaging double figures in points since the win over IUPUI.
Defensively since Nov. 22, MU opponents are shooting just 41.0 percent from the floor overall and have turned it over an average of 14 times per game.
Hauser Leads 3-Point Barrage In Win At Georgia
Marquette opened the win at Georgia knocking down 9-of-11 shots from long distance and finished with 13 total treys in the 89-79 victory.
Freshman forward Sam Hauser, who netted a career-best 19 points, led the way with four 3-pointers and a total of six players were responsible for at least one make from behind the line. MU finished 13-of-29 from distance against the Bulldogs and have now made nine-or-more 3-pointers in each of the last four games and 6-of-8 overall.
The team single-game record for 3-pointers is 15, which has occurred on three occasions, most recently against Cincinnati on Jan. 4, 2009 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Johnson Finally Able To Double Up
Senior guard Jajuan Johnson, Marquette's most experienced player, took the court for his 92nd game in the win over Georgia and recorded a first-ever accomplishment while wearing the Blue & Gold.
The Memphis, Tennessee, native finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to collect his first career double-double. In 30 minutes of action, he also found time to chip in five steals and three assists. Of his boards, five came at the offensive end and a trio of his thefts came on three-consecutive possessions early in the second half.
Johnson narrowly missed a double-double during the 2014-15 campaign, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds vs. Providence on Jan. 3, 2015.
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