Men's Basketball
MU Continues Homestand Saturday Against NC Central

Vander Blue has reached double figures in 6-of-8 games.


Vander Blue has reached double figures in 6-of-8 games.

Dec. 27, 2012

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TV: Sports32 | Radio: 540 ESPN

The Marquette University men's basketball team (8-3) continues its season-long four-game homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes North Carolina Central to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Sports32 will feature the television broadcast, with Dennis Krause (play-by-play) and Jim McIlvaine (analyst) calling the action. The two programs will be meeting for this first time and the matchup will mark the conclusion of the non-conference campaign for MU in 2012-13. After Saturday's outing, Marquette will welcome Connecticut (Jan. 1) and Georgetown (Jan. 5) to begin BIG EAST Conference competition.

MU Hoping To Continue MEAC Success

While Marquette is meeting NC Central for the first time, the Golden Eagles do own a perfect 26-0 record in program history versus teams currently in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

The Golden Eagles have collected the most victories (5-0) against Morgan State and Coppin State and most recently defeated Savannah State 71-51 on Dec. 15.

Gardner Helps MU Hold Off LSU

Marquette led by as many as 21 points in the first half against LSU, but was forced to hold on for the 84-80 victory on Dec. 22.

Junior forward Davante Gardner led four players in double figures with a season-best 19 points in just 21 minutes off the bench. He finished 5-of-6 from the field and enjoyed a career-best 9-of-9 effort from the charity stripe.

As a team, Marquette finished the contest 24-of-25 (96.0 percent) from the free throw line, which marked a single-game best under fifth-year head coach Buzz Williams.

MU Hoping To Extend Home Court Winning Streak

Marquette is currently in possession of a 15-game winning streak (tied for seventh-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 in BIG EAST Conference play (15-1 overall) en route to a best-ever second-place finish in the league (14-4 overall). The Golden Eagles are 6-0 so far at home in 2012-13 as they continue a four-game homestand versus NC Central.

In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 319-87 (.785).

Bench Has Been Providing Spark At Both Ends

With the contribution of several players to the bench corps, MU's impressive advantage over opponents has been magnified.

MU's group of players not in the starting lineup is currently contributing 31.5 points and 18.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.4 percent from the field as a unit. Opposing reserves, however, are chipping in just 15.3 points and 10.5 boards per contest and shooting 44.9 percent from the floor overall.

As a result, Marquette's bench accounts for 45.1 percent of the team's total offensive production per night (70.0 ppg.), which is the seventh-highest percentage in the nation through games of Dec. 26.

Marquette has been led offensively by Davante Gardner, who has appeared off the bench in all 11 outings (12.7 ppg.).


 

 

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