Jan. 3, 2013
TV: BIG EAST Network (PDF) | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (10-3) wraps up its four-game homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT when the squad welcomes No. 15/16 Georgetown (10-1) to the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The BIG EAST Network will feature the television broadcast, with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action. The matchup is part of the network’s game of the week package and will be available in over 30 markets nationwide. The Hoyas on a slim 7-6 advantage in the all-time series and have claimed three of the last four outings.
Cadougan’s Shot Salvages Win In League Opener
The Golden Eagles hadn’t knocked down a 3-pointer in the matchup with UConn, until guard Junior Cadougan drained a 25-footer at the buzzer to force overtime.
Marquette would end up posting an 82-76 victory in the league opener for both teams. UConn’s Ryan Boatright gave the Huskies a 69-66 advantage on a long jumper with 5.9 second left, setting up Cadougan’s heroics.
The Toronto, Ontario, native finished the game with 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
Taylor, Jr. Scoring In Bunches For MU
Freshman forward Steve Taylor, Jr. provided an offensive spark off the bench in the win over UConn Tuesday night, finishing with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.
Combined with a personal-best 10-point effort against Savannah State on Dec. 15, over 40 percent of Taylor, Jr.’s points this season have come in just two games. For the year, he is averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 13 appearances.
MU Hoping To Extend Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 17-game winning streak (tied for sixth-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 8-0 so far at home in 2012-13 as they concluded a four-game homestand versus Georgetown.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 321-87 (.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 32.1 points (eighth-most in nation) and 18.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.1 percent from the field as a unit. Opposing reserves, however, are chipping in just 14.9 points and 11.0 boards per contest and shooting 44.9 percent from the floor overall.
As a result, Marquette’s bench accounts for 45.0 percent of the team’s total offensive production per night (71.3 ppg.), which is the sixth-highest percentage in the nation through games of Jan. 2.
BIG EAST Continues Support Of Newtown, CT Community
As a unified show of support for the Newtown, Conn., community, BIG EAST men’s and women’s basketball teams will wear green ribbons during the first 26 games of conference play. Student-athletes will wear the ribbons on their shooting shirts during warmups, while coaches and administrative personnel will wear the ribbons throughout their respective games.
The recognition began with the league opener on Dec. 31 between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and will conclude in mid-January. Marquette will participate in a total of three games (vs. UConn, vs. Georgetown, at Pittsburgh).