MU Opens Homestand Saturday Afternoon Against LSU
Dec. 20, 2012
TV: ESPNU | WatchESPN | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (7-3) opens a four-game homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the team faces LSU (7-1) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. ESPNU will feature Marquette's seventh national television broadcast of the campaign, with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) calling the action. Marquette will wrap up non-conference play Dec. 29 against North Carolina Central before opening BIG EAST play at home versus UConn (Jan. 1) and Georgetown (Jan. 5).
Golden Eagles Facing Tigers For Third Time
Saturday afternoon's matchup with LSU will mark the third all-time meeting between the two programs in men's basketball. The series dates back to 1970, with the most recent game occurring last season.
The Tigers downed MU 67-59 in 2011-12 in Baton Rouge, La., to hand the Golden Eagles one of the team's eight losses en route to a Sweet 16 appearance. Seniors Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom led the way with 22 and 16 points, respectively. As a team, however, MU shot just 36.2 percent from the field.
In the only other meeting, MU downed the Tigers 101-79 on March 19, 1970 in a semifinal matchup of the National Invitation Tournament. Joe Thomas led five Marquette players in double figures with 28 points and LSU's Pete Maravich had 20 points for the Tigers.
Marquette defeated St. John's two days later 65-53 to claim the NIT title thanks for 22 points from Jeff Sewell, and Dean Meminger chipped in 16 points.
Wilson's Offense Not Enough At Green Bay
Junior forward Jamil Wilson led the way offensively with 16 points at Green Bay, rediscovering a shooting touch he had been looking for since the team's return from Maui.
The Racine, Wis., native finished with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including a 4-of-5 effort (personal best in makes and attempts) from behind the 3-point line. He also chipped in four rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench.
After reaching double figures in three-straight games, Wilson had only contributed a total of 15 points in the previous three games combined.
MU Hoping To Extend Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 14-game winning streak (tied for eighth-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 in BIG EAST Conference play (15-1 overall) en route to a best-ever second-place finish in the league (14-4 overall). The Golden Eagles are 5-0 so far at home in 2012-13 as they open a four-game homestand versus LSU.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 318-87 (.785).