MU Hosts Seton Hall Wednesday Night At 6 p.m. CT
Dec. 29, 2015
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (10-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens the BIG EAST Conference portion of its campaign Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes Seton Hall (10-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FS1 will feature Marquette’s 11th national television broadcast of the season, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action. MU is 6-4 overall in BIG EAST lidlifters, with each of the four losses coming on the road, including a 61-58 setback at DePaul in 2014-15. Following the outing against the Pirates, the Golden Eagles will hit the road for back-to-back contests against Georgetown (Jan. 2) and Providence (Jan. 5).
Series With Seton Hall Dates Back To 1956
The Golden Eagles have claimed 15 of the 18 all-time meetings with Seton Hall, with all but one of the matchups coming after MU joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06.
SHU opened the series with a 96-78 victory over Marquette on March 17, 1956 in MU's first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The next meeting wouldn't come until 50 years later when Marquette moved to the BIG EAST. Since that outing on Jan. 11, 2006, MU has claimed all but two of the contests.
MU earned wins in two of the three matchups last season against the Pirates, winning at the Prudential Center (57-54) and Madison Square Garden (78-56) in the BIG EAST Tournament. SHU did claim its first-ever win in Milwaukee with an 80-70 decision on Jan. 28, 2015. MU returned the favor on Feb. 7, downing SHU in Newark without the services of leading scorer Matt Carlino for the team’s lone true road win of the season.
Winning Streak One Of Longest In The Nation
The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak, one of the longest active runs in the country.
Through games of Dec. 27, only Michigan State (13), fellow BIG EAST member Xavier (12), South Carolina (11), SMU 11) and Oklahoma (11) have claimed more wins in a row than Marquette. Each of those programs have yet to lose this season as conference play approaches this week.
MU’s run began at the Legends Classic with victories over LSU and Arizona State and is also highlighted by a road victory at rival Wisconsin. After dropping their first two home games, the Golden Eagles have now won seven-straight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Marquette hasn’t won 10-consecutive games since the 2011-12 campaign when the team opened the year 10-0.
Fischer, Ellenson Proving To Be Potent Duo
Junior center Luke Fischer and freshman forward Henry Ellenson have developed into one of the top front courts in the nation and Sunday’s win over Presbyterian was a perfect example of their production.
Both players collected double-doubles, combining to contribute a total of 34 points, 29 rebounds, eight blocks and four assists. Fischer finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds (fourth double-double) and Ellenson chipped in 17 points and 15 boards (seventh double-double).
For the season, the duo is contributing 31.3 points, 18.1 boards and 3.5 blocks per game. Their rebounding total is the seventh-best in the nation (courtesy of Stats, Inc.) through games of Dec. 27. BYU’s Kyle Davis and Kyle Collinsworth own the top total with 19.0 caroms per contest.
Three of the league’s top-four rebounders will be on the court at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Wednesday night as Fischer and Ellenson join SHU’s Angel Delgado (1st, 10.1 rpg.).
Marquette Assisting At One End, Stealing At The Other
Through games of Dec. 27, the Golden Eagles lead the BIG EAST conference in both assists (18.8) and steals (8.6) per game. Those marks are good enough for 14th and 23rd in the nation, respectively.
Freshman guard Traci Carter is currently fourth in the BIG EAST in assists per game (4.9) and junior guard Duane Wilson is in possession of the 12th position (3.2 apg.). The duo has plenty of help, however, as a total of six players are averaging at least one helper per contest.
Marquette’s perimeter players have claimed a majority of the team’s thefts (83.4 percent) on the year and as a result four players are ranked among the league’s best in that category. Junior Jajuan Johnson (t4th, 1.6 spg.), Carter (6th, 1.5 spg.), Wilson (8th, 1.2 spg.) and sophomore Sandy Cohen (t14th) can all find their names in the top-15.
Golden Eagles Struggle With Charity During Holidays
While the holidays are usually associated with a season of giving, the Golden Eagles haven’t been willing to engage in charity on the court.
The Golden Eagles are among the nation’s best at limiting opposing trips to the foul line and as a result the team has made nearly 40 more charity tosses than the opposition has even attempted. Marquette has knocked down 195-of-281 free throws (23.4 made per game) through 12 games, while its foes have gotten to the line on just 157 occasions (13.1 attempted per game).
The differential has allowed Marquette a nearly seven-point advantage (16.3-9.5) at the charity stripe.
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