Dec. 7, 2017
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Marquette Game Notes
The Marquette University men's basketball team (6-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) heads to rival Wisconsin (4-6, 1-1 Big Ten) for its first true road game of the season when the two teams tip at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the Kohl Center. FS1 will feature the national television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's matchup, the Golden Eagles will focus on finals before opening a four-game homestand against Northern Illinois on Dec. 18.
MU-UW Rivalry Celebrates 100 Years
Marquette's all-time series with Wisconsin dates back to 1917, with the first meeting coming in just MU's second season of competition.
The Last Meeting
December 10, 2016
MU falls to No. 17 Wisconsin, 93-84
Bronson Koenig scored 18 points, and Ethan Happ gave No. 17 Wisconsin a spark, scoring all 11 of his points in the second half of a 93-84 victory over in-state rival Marquette on Saturday.
Wisconsin owns a 67-56 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 (123) than any other opponent in program history. Notre Dame and Marquette have met on 118 occasions dating back to 1920, the second-most matchups against any single opponent in the record book.
The Badgers posted a 93-84 win at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Dec. 10, 2016 in the most recent meeting. MU led by five points at the intermission, but UW shot 64.3 percent in the second half to rally for the victory. Guard Markus Howard led five players in double figures with 22 points.
The Golden Eagles claimed a 57-55 victory in their last visit to the Kohl Center on Dec. 12, 2015. Forward Henry Ellenson led the team with 15 points and 11 rebounds. MU has won three of its last five trips (2007, 2011, 2015) to Madison.
News & Notes: Offensive Accomplishments Continue for MU
- Markus Howard, who is a perfect 26-of-26 from the free throw line in 2017-18, has made 35-straight charity tosses dating back to last season's home finale against Creighton on March 4.
- Marquette features the league's top two scorers through games of Dec. 6. Sophomore guard Markus Howard tops the league with 22.4 points per game (14th in nation) and senior guard Andrew Rowsey is second at 21.6 points per contest (t37th in nation).
- Howard was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Dec. 4 for his efforts in a trio of games last week, but his last three performances have been particularly impressive. Against Chicago State, Georgia and Vermont he contributed 32.0 points per game while shooting 56.9 percent (33-of-58) from the floor overall and 21-of-38 (55.3 percent) from long distance.
- Howard's 96 points over the course of the last three games are the most by an MU player since Tony Smith netted 97 in three-straight outings against Evansville, Detroit and Butler in 1989-90.
- Rowsey finished with 13 points and 10 assists in the win over Vermont, his first career double-double and the first by any Marquette player this season (first since Matt Heldt vs. St. John's on Feb. 21, 2017). He turned the ball over on just one occasion and also chipped in three boards and a steal in 33 minutes
Marquette Hosting More 30 For 30 Productions
Sophomore Markus Howard matched his career high with a 34-point effort in the win over Vermont on Tuesday night, continuing a trend of volume scoring for Marquette early in 2017-18.
Howard also surpassed the 30-point plateau against Chicago State on Nov. 29. Senior guard Andrew Rowsey netted a Marquette-high 30 points in the Nov. 23 win over LSU at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational and sophomore forward Sam Hauser finished with a career-best 30 points in the victory over Eastern Illinois.
Howard's first effort marked the first time since 2004-05 that MU has had three 30-point performances in the same season and that year Travis Diener did it all three times (Air Force, Nebraska and East Carolina). Marquette hasn't had three different players accomplish the feat at least as far back as the beginning of the Al McGuire era. Since the 1963-64 campaign, 34 different players have netted 30-or-more points on 75 occasions.
Former standouts Tony Smith (1987-90) and George Thompson (1967-69) lead the way with seven performances each and since that season there have been 17 Marquette seasons without a player reaching that mark.