Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play At Creighton Tuesday Night
Dec. 30, 2013
TV Info: FOX Sports 1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (8-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) opens BIG EAST Conference play New Year’s Eve when the team travels to league newcomer Creighton (10-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) Tuesday night. FOX Sports 1 will feature the conference lidlifter’s 9 p.m. CT national television broadcast, with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Donny Marshall (analyst) calling the action. Following Tuesday’s outing, the Golden Eagles will return to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host rival DePaul on Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. CT on the CBS Sports Network.
FOX Sports 1 Featuring New Year’s Eve Marathon
Ring in the New Year with a new season of BIG EAST basketball from Noon to Midnight ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
All 10 conference teams open their seasons on New Year’s Eve, with all five contests live on FOX Sports 1.
The FOX Sports lead college basketball broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery pull double duty, calling the first game of the day, St. John’s at Xavier from Cincinnati at 12 p.m. ET, and then No. 8 Villanova at Butler at 7:30 p.m. ET from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
At 2:30 p.m. ET, the rare all-female broadcast team of Tiffany Greene and LaChina Robinson call Seton Hall at Providence, followed by Dick Stockton and Bob Wenzel on DePaul at Georgetown at 5 p.m. ET. Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall wrap up the opening day marathon with Marquette at Creighton tipping off at 10 p.m. ET.
All BIG EAST Conference games on New Year’s Eve feature special production enhancements, including Above the Rim, Phantom and X-Mo cameras.
Marquette-Creighton Series Dates Back To 1922-23
While Marquette and Creighton will be meeting for the first time in BIG EAST Conference action Tuesday night, the two programs are very familiar with each other.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 48-28, with the most recent meeting coming in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. MU posted an 80-68 victory in the opening round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center en route to an appearance in the event’s quarterfinals.
Marquette has claimed 21 of the last 25 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.
Bench Leads Marquette To Win Over Samford
Four players collected double figures in points in the win over Samford on Saturday afternoon, with each individual coming off the bench in the contest.
MU outscored the Bulldogs’ bench corps 50-12 and the 38-point margin was the largest of the campaign. The 50 points by the reserves was the second-highest total of the season, surpassed by only a 59-point effort in the victory over Grambling State.
Jajuan Johnson led the way with 14 points and the six-person group contributed across-the-board. The unit finished 16-of-26 from the field and chipped in 10 rebounds, nine assists, six steals and three blocked shots.
For the season, the Golden Eagles reserves have accounted for nearly 50 percent (35.8-of-72.9) of the team’s total offensive production.
BIG EAST’s Top Defense, No. 1 Offense To Meet
Tuesday’s game will feature a matchup between the BIG EAST’s top defensive unit (Marquette) and the league’s No. 1 offensive squad (Creighton).
Through games of Dec. 29, the Golden Eagles are first in the BIG EAST Conference and 22nd in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.385) and also tops in the league in scoring defense (61.5 ppg.), which ranks 19th among 345 NCAA Division I institutions.
Creighton is scoring a league-best 82.9 points per game (23rd in the nation) and is tied with Georgetown in field goal percentage (.492, 24th in nation).
Marquette’s rebound margin (+7.2) is currently No. 1 in the league and 27th nationally.
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