Marquette Travels to Georgetown Saturday Night
Dec. 31, 2015
TV: FS1 | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (10-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) opens a two-game BIG EAST Conference road swing Saturday evening when the squad travels to Georgetown (8-5, 1-0 BIG EAST) for a 4:30 p.m. CT matchup at the Verizon Center. FS1 will feature the team’s 12th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Tarik Turner (analyst) calling the action. Saturday’s matchup will be the fourth of five contests on FS1 as all 10 league teams will be in action during the New Year’s Marathon. Action begins at 10 a.m. CT when Seton Hall hosts DePaul and concludes at 9 p.m. CT when Villanova travels to Creighton.
Hoyas Hold Slight Edge In All-Time Series
Georgetown owns a slim 10-9 advantage in the all-time series, with all but two of the matchups coming since MU 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 17 occasions since that year. The Hoyas swept the home-and-home series in 2014-15, posting a 65-59 win at the Verizon Center on Jan. 6 before claiming a 95-85 victory in overtime at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Jan. 24.
In the most recent matchup, Matt Carlino’s basket with 0.9 seconds left in regulation forced the extra session and was inches away from being a 3-pointer that would have won the game. Carlino and Duane Wilson led the way offensively for Marquette, as both finished with 26 points.
Cheatham Attacking Basket, Contributing Offensively
Freshman guard Haanif Cheatham has displayed the ability to consistently get to the rim and Wednesday’s outing against Seton Hall was another perfect example.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native finished with a team-high 17 points and each of his eight made field goals was in the lane at the basket. He finished 8-of-14 from the floor and also chipped in two assists and a pair of steals in 35 minutes.
After reaching double figures just once in four outings, he has now netted 10-or-more in each of the team’s last three games (13.7 ppg.). Cheatham is fourth on the squad in scoring at 10.8 points per game and is shooting 56.0 percent (11th in BIG EAST) from the floor. He owns 51 made field goals on the year and each of them have either been a 3-pointer or a basket at the rim.
Consistent Wilson Providing Bench Scoring
Redshirt sophomore guard Duane Wilson moved from the starting lineup to the reserve corps after the first three games of the campaign, but hasn’t let the shift impact his contribution to the team.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native hasn’t been in the starting lineup the last 10 games, but for the season is still third on the team in minutes played per game (28.9). He hasn’t scored more than 16 points in a game in 2015-16, something he did eight times last season, including a 30-point effort against Tennessee at the Orlando Classic. Consistency has been key, however, as Wilson has been held to less than 10 points on just two occasions this season after netting single digits in points a total of 15 times in 2014-15.
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