Jan. 3, 2011
MU-Rutgers Game Notes (PDF)
The Marquette University men's basketball team (10-4, 1-0 BIG?EAST) continues BIG EAST Conference play Wednesday night on the road when the squad travels to Rutgers for a 6:30 p.m. CT opening tip. The BIG EAST Network will feature the broadcast, with Scott Graham (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) calling the action. MU's week-long trip also includes a Saturday matchup at Pittsburgh, prior to the team's return to the Bradley Center for an encounter with Notre Dame on Jan. 10. Beginning with Wednesday's matchup against the Scarlet Knights, the Golden Eagles will play three games in a total of six days.
MU Follows Crowder's Lead In Win Over WVU
A 5 a.m. wakeup call on New Year's Day didn't keep junior forward Jae Crowder from making an impressive league debut in Marquette's victory over West Virginia in the BIG EAST opener.
Crowder, the 2009-10 junior college player of the year at Howard College, netted a career-high 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead all scorers. In 39 minutes of action, he also found time to chip in eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block. His final steal led to an intentional foul by WVU and sealed the Marquette win in the closing seconds.
Crowder was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll for the second-straight week. He is averaging 12.7 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game in 2010-11 and those numbers jump to 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing since he moved to the starting lineup four games ago.
Johnson-Odom's Shooting Touch Heating Up
Junior guard Darius Johnson-Odom's shooting touch has started to warm-up after a slow start, despite the frigid winter temperatures outside of the Bradley Center.
Over the course of the past four games, Johnson-Odom is averaging a team-best 17.5 points per game and shooting 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field. That mark includes a 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) effort from behind the 3-point line, which is close to the season average (.474) he collected in 2009-10 to finish among the national leaders in that category.
For the season, the Raleigh, N.C., native is currently shooting 42.8 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from long distance. He finished with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field in the win over West Virginia.