Marquette Hosts Wisconsin Saturday At 1 p.m. CT
Dec. 8, 2016
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (7-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its season-long five-game homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the squad hosts rival Wisconsin (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature the team’s 10th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will take over a week off to focus on finals before returning to action Dec. 19 vs. Saint Francis (PA).
MU-UW Rivalry Reaches 123rd All-Time Meeting
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 66-56 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 (122) 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 Golden Eagles claimed a 57-55 victory at the Kohl Center last season on Dec. 12, 2015. Forward Henry Ellenson led the team with 15 points and 11 rebounds and center Luke Fischer chipped in 12 points and eight boards.
MU has claimed three of the last five meetings, but the Badgers did win the most recent matchup in Milwaukee. UW posted a 49-38 win on Dec. 6, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and would later return to the arena for the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament during a Final Four run.
Marquette Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of 1977 Title
Marquette’s season-long celebration of 100 years of basketball continues with the recognition of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Championship team on Saturday afternoon versus Wisconsin. Former players, support staff members and families of the coaching staff will be recognized during a halftime ceremony and the players will sign autographs in the West Atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Center from 12-12:30 p.m. Members of the team expected to attend include Butch Lee, Bo Ellis, Craig Butrym, Jim Dudley, Mark Lavin, Bill Neary and Ulice Payne.
The 1976-77 Marquette team finished 25-7 under legendary head coach Al McGuire, who retired after the game, and claimed the national title at the Omni in Atlanta with a 67-59 win over North Carolina. Lee led the team in scoring with 19.6 points per game and Ellis was the top rebounder with 8.3 boards per contest.
Offensive Attack Clicking During Win Streak
Marquette has claimed each of its last five games, thanks in large part to the team’s effort at the offensive end of the court.
The Golden Eagles are averaging 93.6 points per game during the current run and shooting 53.5 percent from the field overall, 42.2 percent from long distance and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. The team is assisting on just under 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 43.3 percent from the floor overall and have turned it over an average of 14 times per game. Marquette last won five-in-a-row in 2015-16 during a run that saw the team earn nine-straight wins.
Hauser Leads 3-Point Attack In Wins Over Georgia, Fresno
Freshman forward Sam Hauser has quickly become a fan favorite thanks to his ability to contribute offensively, especially from behind the 3-point line.
In his last two outings, both of which resulted in personal-best 19-point efforts, he has combined to shoot 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the field and 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from long distance. In a pair of starting assignments, he also chipped in 5.5 rebounds per game in an average of 27.0 minutes per night.
In Tuesday’s win over Fresno State, the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native was 4-of-6 from behind the arc and also knocked down several key free throws in the closing moments. He has made two-or-more treys in 8-of-9 outings on the year.
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