MU Opens BIG EAST Play At DePaul New Year's Eve
Dec. 29, 2014
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (8-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) travels to DePaul (6-7, 0-0 BIG EAST) for its BIG EAST Conference lidlifter at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31 from Allstate Arena. FOX Sports 1 features MU's 11th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (analyst) calling the action.
BIG EAST Featured During New Year's Marathon
The BIG EAST Conference will ring in the New Year with a full day of BIG EAST Basketball for the second annual New Year's Eve Tip-Off Marathon on FOX Sports 1.
From noon until midnight, fans can watch the debut of the 2014-15 conference slate as all 10 teams battle it out for BIG EAST glory.
The schedule of games is St. John's at Seton Hall (11 a.m. CT), Butler at Villanova (1:30 p.m. CT), Marquette at DePaul (4 p.m. CT), Creighton at Providence (6:30 p.m. CT) and Georgetown at Xavier (9 p.m. CT).
Plenty Of History In Marquette-DePaul Series
Marquette's all-time series with DePaul dates back to the 1917-18 campaign (second year of MU's varsity competition) and includes 114 previous meetings.
The Golden Eagles own a 70-44 advantage in the series, most recently defeating DePaul 96-94 in overtime at Allstate Arena on Feb. 22, 2014. Forward Davante Gardner scored seven of his team-high 22 points in the extra session and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by DePaul came up short and allowed MU to escape with the victory.
In program history, Marquette has faced only Wisconsin (121) and Notre Dame (118) on more occasions.
Marquette Has Enjoyed BIG EAST Success
Marquette has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in BIG EAST Conference action since joining the league in 2005-06, highlighted by a share of the regular-season title in 2012-13.
The Golden Eagles own an overall record of 100-58 (.633) in nine years of BIG EAST competition and are the only program to finish with a .500-or-better record in each of those campaigns. Of the 10 programs currently in the league, none can match Marquette's win total since 2005-06.
MU is 6-3 overall in BIG EAST lidlifters, with each of the three lossess coming on the road. The team is 4-5 in its conference openers on the road, including a loss on New Years Eve last season at Creighton, and 7-2 in its first home BIG EAST matchup of each respective year. The Golden Eagles host Providence Saturday, Jan. 3.
Defense Key To Current Win Streak
There are multiple reasons for MU's recent success during its current four-game win streak, but the squad's efforts at the defensive end have been the the key contributions.
The Golden Eagles have allowed Arizona State, Alabama A&M, North Dakota and Morgan State to shoot a combined 36.4 percent from the floor, including just a 30.9 mark from behind the 3-point line. The teams have averaged just 56.8 points per outing, well below Marquette's season effort of 64.6 opposing points per contest.
MU's offensive efficiency has also improved significantly since Dec. 16 and is producing 77.2 points per game thanks in large part to 54.8 percent shooting from the field.
Balanced Scoring Leads Team In Win Over Morgan State
Marquette wrapped up the non-conference portion of the schedule on Sunday afternoon with an 81-53 win over Morgan State.
Six of the eight players to see action reached double figures in points, led by sophomore center Luke Fischer's 15 points. Freshman Sandy Cohen, who had collected a total of just 10 points in the previous seven outings, chipped in a career-high 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench.
The last time Marquette had at least six players reach double figures in the same game came last season against Ball State (Dec. 17, 2013). MU had seven players net 10-or-more points in the squad's 91-53 victory.
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