MU Welcomes Alabama A&M To The Al McGuire Center

Guard Duane Wilson is the league's second-leading freshman scorer.
Dec. 18, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (5-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its season-long five-game homestand with a non-conference matchup against Alabama A&M (1-6, 0-0 SWAC) at 8 p.m. CT in the Al McGuire Center. FOX Sports 1 will feature Marquette’s ninth national television broadcast of the campaign, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Friday night’s action, the Golden Eagles will host North Dakota at 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 22 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Schedule Provides Unique Hosting Opportunity

Because of a scheduling conflict this week at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the Golden Eagles will play just their second game at the Al McGuire Center (3,700) when the squad welcomes Alabama A&M to campus.

The only previous matchup to be played at “the Al” came against Lewis in exhibition action to begin the 2004-05 campaign. The Golden Eagles posted a 96-62 win on Nov. 3, 2004 and current staff member Travis Diener led the way with 29 points and 13 assists in 28 minutes of action.

The BMO Harris Bradley Center is hosting Cirque du Soleil this week, making the arena unavailable until Monday night.

Marquette Meeting Bulldogs For First Time

Marquette will be meeting Alabama A&M for the first time, the team’s fourth debut opponent (UT Martin, Omaha, NJIT) of the campaign.

The Golden Eagles are 15-0 all-time versus programs currently in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Fischer Makes Big Impact In Marquette Debut

Sophomore transfer Luke Fischer waited 359 days to make his debut at Marquette after leaving Indiana midway through his freshman campaign and wasted little time in making his presense felt against Arizona State.


 

 

The Germantown, Wis., native finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and one assist in 33 minutes off the bench. He finished 9-of-11 from the floor and helped ignite a 15-7 Marquette run when he entered the game to give the team a lead it would never give up.

Fischer’s five blocks were the most by a Marquette player since Marcus Jackson swatted six attempts against Memphis on Jan. 13, 2005. The team entered the ASU game with just 15 total blocks through the first eight games of the campaign.

Johnson Provides Scoring Punch Off Bench

While the debut of Luke Fischer dominated most of the headlines, the offensive contribution of sophomore Jajuan Johnson against Arizona State shouldn’t be overlooked.

The Memphis, Tenn., native finished with a career-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field in 32 minutes off the bench. He also found time to chip in four rebounds, three steals and an assist. Johnson’s night also included personal bests in field goal makes and attempts and minutes played.

Johnson’s previous career-best scoring night came in the season opener against UT Martin (20 points). He hadn’t reached double figures since that outing and had collected a total of just 21 points in the team’s previous six outings to the matchup with ASU.

MU Looking To Take More Advantage Of Charity

Through the first nine games of the season the Golden Eagles have done a good job of getting to the free throw line, but there is room for improvement when it comes to converting on their opportunities.

Marquette has made (141) nearly as many free throws as its opponents have attempted (143), but is connecting on just 68.1 percent of its chances from the charity stripe. Opposing teams, however, have knocked down 74.1 percent of their shots and that has translated into just a four-point advantage (15.7-11.7) for Marquette in terms of points per game from the free throw line.

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