Marquette Hosts Hoyas In BIG EAST Lidlifter Wednesday
Dec. 26, 2016
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (9-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) hosts Georgetown (8-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST Conference lidlifter for both teams on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature Marquette’s 13th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Jim Jackson (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday’s action, the Golden Eagles will hit the road for the first time in nearly a month when the squad travels to Seton Hall for a New Year’s Day matchup at 3:30 p.m. CT in the Prudential Center.
Hoyas Hold Slight Edge In All-Time Series
Georgetown owns a slim 11-10 advantage in the all-time series, with all but two of the matchups coming since Marquette joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
The programs first met during the 1941-42 campaign and the Hoyas were able to claim a 35-34 victory. The next meeting didn’t come until the 1971-72 season and Marquette posted a winning 88-44 decision.
The series resumed in 2005-06 and the squads have met on 19 occasions since that year. The most recent outing resulted in a last-second victory by Marquette in the home finale in 2015-16 on March 1. Center Luke Fischer knocked down a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left to secure the 88-87 win on Senior Day. Fischer finished with a team-high 23 points and forward Henry Ellenson added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Georgetown did post an 80-70 win in the Verizon Center on Jan. 2, 2016 as the two teams split the season series.
Since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06, Marquette is 5-6 overall in league openers and 5-1 when starting conference play at home.
MU Offense Performing At A Record Rate
Through the first 12 games of the season, the Golden Eagles are averaging an impressive 85.9 points per game (19th in nation through games of Dec. 25) thanks in large part to impressive shooting from all areas of the court.
Marquette is currently knocking down 49.8 percent (17th in nation) of its shots from the field overall, including a 40.3 percent effort from behind the 3-point line. MU is also tops in the BIG EAST and second in the nation in free throw percentage (.813).
MU has only averaged over 80.0 points per contest for a season on three previous occasions, most recently during the 1970-71 campaign (81.7 ppg.). Should Marquette be able to maintain its current level of production, it would break the program’s single-season mark of 84.2 points per game in 1954-55.
Wilson Picks Up Offensive Production In SIUE Win
Junior guard Duane Wilson chipped in 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench in the win over SIUE on Dec. 21, marking his highest point total since the Nov. 22 matchup with IUPUI.
Wilson finished the game 3-of-7 from the field and also found time to chip in a team-high four steals, along with a rebound and an assist. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was one of five Golden Eagles in double figures, marking the sixth time this season MU has had at least five players net 10-or-more points.
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