Jan. 12, 2015
Marquette Game Notes
TV Info: CBS Sports Network (DirecTV 221, Dish Network 158) | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (9-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 when the squad hosts Creighton (9-8, 0-4 BIG EAST) at 8 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center in BIG EAST Conference action. CBS Sports Network will feature Marquette's 13th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) calling the action. Following the outing with the Bluejays, MU opens a two-game road swing at Xavier at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 17 before traveling to New York City on Jan. 21 to take on St. John's at Madison Square Garden.
Marquette-Creighton Series Dates Back To 1922-23
While Marquette and Creighton are meeting for the just the second season in BIG EAST Conference play, the two programs are very familiar with each other.
The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 48-30, but Creighton swept the home-and-home series in 2013-14. CU posted a 67-49 win over the Golden Eagles on Dec. 31, 2013 in the league lidlifter for both programs before also earning an 85-70 win on Feb. 19, 2014 in Milwaukee. Guard Derrick Wilson finished with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in the most recent matchup with the Bluejays.
Prior to last season, the most recent meeting between the two programs came in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. MU posted an 80-68 victory in the opening round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center en route to an appearance in the event's quarterfinals.
Marquette has claimed 21 of the last 27 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.
Nation Taking Notice Of BIG EAST Success
The BIG EAST put together a tremendous non-league portion of the campaign and as a result has earned recognition as one of the top conferences in the nation.
The 10 league squads compiled an overall record of 92-29 (.760) in non-conference action, claiming six victories over nationally ranked opponents and multiple tournament titles.
Through games of Jan. 11, the BIG EAST is ranked No. 2 according to RPIRatings.com and No. 4 overall in terms of non-conference strength of schedule. Five of the teams are currently in the top-40 of the RPI (seven in top-50) and the league's overall strength of schedule is tops in the nation.
Fischer Converting On Nearly All Of His Field Goal Attempts
Seven games into his young career at Marquette, center Luke Fischer has already displayed the ability to be a high-volume scorer, thanks in large part to his ability to convert on his field goal attempts.
The Germantown, Wis., native has connected on an amazing 81.6 percent (40-of-49) of his opportunities from the field, including a 6-of-6 effort in the loss at Georgetown on Jan. 6. After connecting on 9-of-11 shots in his Marquette debut, Fischer hasn't reached double figures in field goal attempts in any of the last six games.
Fischer will qualify for the national rankings in field goal percentage when he has played in 75 percent of the team's games as long as he continues to average at least five made baskets per outing.
Derrick Wilson Turning Into All-Around Contributor
Senior Derrick Wilson is the team's most experienced player and Wednesday's matchup with Creighton will be his 100th consecutive in a MU uniform and 116th overall.
He has picked up his all-around contribution in the team's last six games and played a key role in helping MU to wins in four of those outings. Since the squad defeated Alabama A&M on Dec. 19, Wilson is chipping in 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 33.5 minutes per night. He has combined to shoot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field and is second to only Juan Anderson (6.5 rpg.) in terms of boards per outing. For the season he is accounting for 6.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per matchup and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor.
The last game Marquette played without the services of Wilson was a 62-57 win over Pittsburgh at home on Jan. 14, 2012.