Jan. 15, 2010
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The Marquette University men's basketball team celebrates National Marquette Day on Sunday, Jan. 17 when the team hosts Providence in BIG EAST Conference action at 3 p.m. in the Bradley Center. The BIG EAST Network will feature the broadcast, with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (analyst) calling the action. The Friars are one of three league opponents the Golden Eagles will face in home-and-home action this season. MU has already played Villanova on two occasions and the team will also face DePaul in a pair of outings. Following the matchup with Providence, Marquette travels to No 5/5 Syracuse for its seventh game of the campaign versus a nationally ranked foe and fourth against a top-10 squad.
MU Falling By The Slimmest Of Margins
Marquette's four BIG EAST Conference matchups have each come against nationally ranked opponents, including a trio of outings versus top-10 programs.
MU has collected a 1-3 record in those contests, falling short in the three losses by a total of just five points. The Golden Eagles fell at the buzzer to West Virginia in the league liflifter and had a chance to take the lead in the closing seconds of both games against Villanova.
Four of the squad's six setbacks (vs. Florida St., at West Virginia, vs. Villanova, at Villanova) in 2009-10 have been by a single possession and one other, a 77-73 loss to NC St., was by just four points. In 2008-09, only five games all season came down to three-or-less points.
League Schedule Finishes & Starts At High Level
It would be hard for any team in the nation to argue it had a more difficult close to the 2008-09 conference season and open to the 2009-10 league campaign than the Golden Eagles.
Each of the contests has come against nationally ranked opponents, including six games versus top-10 programs. To make it even tougher, four setbacks came on the road to top six-or-higher ranked teams and MU played all but a few minutes of the last four games in 2008-09 without injured senior guard Dominic James.
Marquette has already played six contests against top-25 caliber teams and has at least three more in the regular season based on the current rankings. The single-season high is 11 games versus nationally ranked programs, which the team collected in 2008-09 and during the run to the NCAA Championship in 1976-77.
Fulce Sparks Second-Half Rally At Villanova
Entering MU's game at Villanova, junior forward Joseph Fulce owned a total of four points through the team's first three BIG EAST?contests.
The Plano, Texas, native sparked Marquette's second-half rally with nine points following halftime, including seven straight early in the second stanza. His scoring outburst included his first career 3-pointer. He also chipped in two rebounds in just 14 minutes.
Fulce and his teammates closed to within two points in the closing moments after trailing by as many as 22 points in the second half at The Pavilion.