Golden Eagles Host Presbyterian Sunday Afternoon
Dec. 23, 2015
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (9-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) continues its three-game homestand Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the team hosts Presbyterian (5-7, 0-0 Big South) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature MU's 10th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Alex Faust (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action. Following the game on Sunday, the team will prep for the BIG EAST Conference lidlifter on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at home against Seton Hall at 6 p.m. CT on FS1.
MU Hosts Third Post-Christmas Matchup With PC
Marquette has claimed each of the team's two previous matchups with Presbyterian, with both of those games marking the squad's return to action after the Christmas break.
The Golden Eagles posted a 102-62 victory on Dec. 27, 2009 in the most recent outing and earned an 84-45 win on Dec. 28, 2008 in the only other contest between the two programs. In the 2009 game, six players finished with double figures in points, led by forward Lazar Hayward's 23 points. Forward Jimmy Butler chipped in 16 points and had a team-best eight boards in the win.
MU is 6-1 all-time against programs currently in the Big South Conference, with the lone loss coming to Winthrop during the 2005-06 season. Junior guard Andrew Rowsey, who is redshirting in 2015-16, transferred to Marquette after playing two seasons in the Big South for UNC Asheville. Rowsey was the league's newcomer of the year as a freshman and a second team all-conference pick in 2014-15.
Improved Shooting Touch Key During Win Streak
The Golden Eagles are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, thanks in large part to an improved shooting touch.
During the streak, Marquette is shooting 50.3 percent (239-of-475) from the floor and 62-of-148 (41.9 percent) from behind the 3-point line. Both of those numbers are well above the season averages of 48.1 and 35.3 percent, respectively. The team's defensive effort has been just as important, holding opposing squads to just 36.5 percent from the field and 65.1 points per game (down from season average of 69.5 ppg.).
Marquette hasn't won nine-consecutive games since the 2011-12 campaign when the team opened the year 10-0.
Wilson, Johnson Add Spark From Bench In CSU Win
With three freshmen in the starting lineup during the winning streak, Marquette has turned to its veterans off the bench to help carry the offensive load and Monday's game against Chicago State was a good example.
The team's most experienced players in terms of games played, Duane Wilson (43) and Jajuan Johnson (63), combined to contribute 30 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and seven steals in the victory. Wilson finished with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and also dished out a career-best six assists. Johnson added 12 points and also had a personal-best six steals to go along with five boards and three assists.
Lineup Features Numerous Offensive Weapons
In the victory over Chicago State, Marquette had six players finish with double figures for the first time facing Morgan State on Dec. 28, 2014. Through 11 games, the Golden Eagles have had at least five players net 10-or-more points on five occasions (Belmont, Arizona St., Grambling St., Maine, Chicago St.).
In the team's 32 games last season, Marquette had five-or-more players net at least 10 points just twice. In nine of the team's 11 contests this season, Marquette has had at least four players finish with 10-or-more points.
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