Men's Basketball Hosts Chicago State Monday Night
Dec. 18, 2015
TV: FS1 | Radio:540 ESPN
Marquette Meeting Cougars For Seventh Time
The Golden Eagles and Cougars will be meeting for the seventh time Monday night, with Marquette claiming each of the previous six matchups.
The programs most recently met on Nov. 17, 2008 in the second game of the campaign, with MU claiming a 106-87 win at home. Guard Wesley Matthews led the way for the Golden Eagles in that game, finishing with 26 points and nine rebounds. Forward Lazar Hayward also chipped in 21 points and nine boards in a game that was part of the Chicago Invitational.
The series dates back to the 1989-90 campaign and opened with a 77-45 win for Marquette on Dec. 20, 1989. The squads met three times in the 1990's and before the 2008 outing hadn't faced each other since the 2001-02 season.
Marquette is 10-2 all-time against teams currently in the Western Athletic Conference, including a 6-0 mark against Chicago St. Previous WAC opponents include CSU-Bakersfield, New Mexico State, UT-Rio Grande Valley and Utah Valley State. Former Marquette standout Bo Ellis served as CSU's head coach for just over four seasons (1998-99/2002-03).
Improved Shooting Touch Key During Win Streak
The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, thanks in large part to an improved shooting touch.
During the streak, Marquette is shooting 51.0 percent (210-of-412) from the floor and 53-of-126 (42.1 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Both of those numbers are well above the season averages of 48.3 and 34.7 percent, respectively. The team's defensive effort has been just as important, holding opposing squads to just 35.0 percent from the field and 63.9 points per game (down from season average of 69.0 ppg.).
Marquette hasn't won eight-consecutive games since the 2011-12 campaign when the team opened the year 10-0.
Marquette Executes Game Plan In Win At Wisconsin
The Golden Eagles posted an impressive 57-55 win at Wisconsin on Dec. 12, thanks in large part to the team's ability to execute the game plan.
The Marquette coaching staff emphasized the importance of getting the ball in the paint on offense and hitting the defensive boards at the other end. MU finished the game with a 36-to-16 advantage in points in the paint and attempted a total of just five 3-point attempts on the afternoon. As a result, the team shot 52.2 percent from the field overall and were aided by 17 fastbreak points.
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