Jan. 18, 2010
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The Marquette University men's basketball team renews its long-standing series with DePaul when the Golden Eagles travel to Allstate Arena Wednesday night for an 8 p.m. CT tip. The BIG EAST Network will feature the broadcast, with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (analyst) calling the action. The two programs have met a total of 107 times, the third-most (116 vs. Wisconsin, 112 vs. Notre Dame) matchups for MU against any single opponent. The contest with the Blue Demons opens a quick two-game road trip, which will also take Marquette to No. 5/5 Syracuse on Jan. 23 for another conference outing against a nationally ranked opponent.
MU Tops Nation In 3-Point Shooting Percentage
Featuring an offensive attack that is averaging 10.6 treys made per game in the last five outings, Marquette is currently ranked first in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.434).
Through games of Jan. 17, Marquette has knocked down 139-of-320 from behind the line, edging Columbia's 42.9 percent (81-of-189) from distance. MU's effort on the season includes an impressive conversion rate of 48.2 percent (53-of-110) in BIG EAST play.
Sophomore guard Darius Johnson-Odom leads the way with 39 treys, but a total of six players have drained at least 10 3-pointers on the year.
Acker Latest Golden Eagle To Net Career High
Entering this season, on only five occasions had a MU player made at least five 3-pointers in a game without missing an attempt.
Following senior Maurice Acker's 6-of-6 effort from distance in the win over Providence, the Golden Eagles have now accomplished that feat twice in 2009-10. Classmate David Cubillan drained all six of his treys earlier this month in the victory over Georgetown.
Acker finished with a collegiate-best 23 points Sunday afternoon, finishing 8-of-9 from the field overall. He also chipped in two assists, a rebound and one steal. His point total marked a personal-best at MU. Acker did collect 23 points as a freshman at Ball State in 2005-06 in a contest at Kent State. The Hazel Crest, Ill., native claimed Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year accolades that year.
Winning Margin Rare In League Play
With the familiarity conference opponents have with each other, a high percentage of league matchups remain tightly contested outings.
Marquette's 30-point win over Providence was a rare occurance not only for the Golden Eagles, but the league in general. In 73 BIG EAST contests since 2005-06, Marquette has claimed wins of 30-or-more points just three times.
MU downed Rutgers on Feb. 23, 2008 by a score of 78-48 and defeated Cincinnati (Jan. 4) in 2008-09 by a margin of 34 points (84-50).
Marquette's 93 points marked the most in conference play since the team dispatched of Georgetown at the Bradley Center on Jan. 6, 2009. That game was also the last time MU had three players (Lazar Hayward, Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal) score at least 20 points in a single game. Hayward, Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler each netted at least 20 points in Sunday's victory over the Friars.