Marquette Welcomes North Dakota Monday Night At 8 p.m.

Steve Taylor Jr. has reached double figures in points three times in 2014-15.
Dec. 21, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s basketball team (6-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host North Dakota (4-6, 0-0 Big Sky) in non-conference action at 8 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 22. FS Wisconsin will feature the television coverage, with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following Monday night’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will wrap up a five-game homestand and the non-conference portion of their schedule when they host Morgan State at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Dec. 28.

MU-UND Meeting For First Time Since 1963

Marquette has claimed each of the previous four meetings with North Dakota, but the two teams haven’t met since the 1963-64 campaign.

MU posted a 72-37 win in the first meeting between the two programs on Dec. 26, 1955 and claimed a 74-65 decision in the most recent matchup (Dec. 3, 1963). Three of the four all-time outings came in Milwaukee.

The Golden Eagles are 12-1 against teams currently in the Big Sky Conference, with the lone setback coming to Montana State in 1929.

MU Returns “Home” To BMO Harris Bradley Center

The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a season-long five-game homestand, but return to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Monday night’s game after playing just blocks up Wisconsin Avenue on Friday night.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Marquette played its first-ever regular season game at the Al McGuire Center (3,700) on campus and defeated Alabama A&M 83-49. The only other time the team had played in the building came in 2004 in exhibition action versus Lewis University.

Marquette Players Getting Into Holiday Season

Through games of Dec. 20, Marquette is ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference in assists per game (15.5), the result of a season-long trend that has seen the team share the ball on the offensive end of the court.


 

 

The team’s willingness to give has been magnified as the holiday season approaches, especially in the squad’s last two outings. In home wins over Arizona State and Alabama A&M, MU has assisted on 79.3 percent (46-of-58) of its made baskets. Over the course of the first 10 games, the Golden Eagles are ranked 16th in the nation in the percentage (.643) of assists per made field goals.

Of the eight active scholarship players on the roster, seven have as many or more assists than turnovers for the campaign.

Taylor Jr. Gives Marquette Another Post Option

With the addition of center Luke Fischer to the active roster, junior Steve Taylor Jr. is now able to play more minutes at his more familiar forward position.

The Chicago, Ill., native played a team-high 33 minutes in the win over Alabama A&M and chipped in 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. He finished 7-of-8 from the field, including his first made 3-pointer of the campaign.

Taylor has now reached double figures in points on three occasions in 10 starting assignments and has grabbed five-or-more rebounds in six outings.

Fischer Makes Big Impact In Opening Week

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 presence felt in his first two games.

The Germantown, Wis., native is contributing 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game off the bench and has knocked down 89.5 percent (17-of-19) of his field goal attempts in just 27.5 minutes per night. He opened his MU career with 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks against Arizona State last Tuesday.

Fischer’s five blocks against ASU 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.

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