MU Hosts American Thursday Night at 6 p.m. CT
Dec. 20, 2017
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
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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