MU Hosts American Thursday Night at 6 p.m. CT

Dec. 20, 2017

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (8-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2017-18 campaign on Thursday, Dec. 21 when the squad hosts American (3-7, 0-0 Patriot League) at 6 p.m. CT. FS1 will feature the team’s 11th national television broadcast of the season, with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Thursday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will scatter across the country to celebrate the holidays with friends and families before returning on Christmas Day to begin preparation for the BIG EAST opener on Dec. 27.

BIG EAST Play Rapidly Approaching

Marquette’s pre-Christmas schedule concludes with the start of a four-game homestand, which includes the final two non-conference matchups of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a stretch that sees the team play 8-of-9 outings at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with the lone road game having occurred just down I-94 at Wisconsin on Dec. 9.

Since returning from the Maui Invitational on Nov. 24, Marquette doesn’t have to leave the great state of Wisconsin until Jan. 2 when the team departs for Providence. MU will host No. 9/8 Xavier in the league lidlifter on Dec. 27 and Georgetown on Dec. 30 before finally hitting the road to take on the Friars.

The Dec. 27 conference opener will mark the earliest start to league play for Marquette since the 1998-99 campaign when MU played South Florida in mid-December.

News & Notes: Offensive Accomplishments Continue for MU

  • Markus Howard, who is a perfect 36-of-36 from the free throw line in 2017-18, has made 45-straight charity tosses dating back to last season’s home finale against Creighton on March 4. Among players who meet the NCAA statistical minimum (2.5 made per game), only Howard and Fletcher Magee of Wofford (29-of-29) have yet to miss this year.
  • Marquette features two of the league’s top three scorers through games of Dec. 19. Sophomore guard Markus Howard tops the league with 22.8 points per game (13th in nation) and senior guard Andrew Rowsey is third at 20.8 points per contest (19th in nation).
  • Howard, Rowsey and forward Sam Hauser have all reached double figures in each of the last three games. Marquette is 6-1 when the trio nets 10-or-more points in 2016-17.
  • Howard was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Dec. 11. Howard averaged 28.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two wins for the Golden Eagles over Vermont and Wisconsin. For the two games, the 5-11 guard shot 52.6 percent from the field and was 10-of-20 from 3-point range. He leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 22.5 ppg. Howard was tabbed the league’s top freshman on three occasions in 2016-17.
  • Howard’s 96 points in a three-game span (Chicago State, Georgia, Vermont) were the most by an MU player since Tony Smith netted 97 in three-straight outings against Evansville, Detroit and Butler in 1989-90. He has scored 20-or-more points in five-straight outings, the most by a Marquette player since Jerel McNeal in 2008-09 (nine straight).

Cain Raising His Game In Recent Weeks

Freshman forward Jamal Cain has continued to develop and contribute as the season has progressed, as evidenced by his numbers in the last five outings.

Since the Nov. 29 matchup with Chicago State, Cain is chipping in 6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per outing in an average of 21.8 minutes per contest off of the bench. The Pontiac, Mich., native has combined to shoot 13-of-26 (50.0 percent) from the field over that time and nearly half of his total rebounds have come at the offensive end.




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