Feb. 9, 2015
The Marquette University men's basketball team (11-12, 3-8 BIG EAST) returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to host Xavier (15-9, 6-6 BIG?EAST) at 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Feb. 10. FOX?Sports 1 will feature MU's 20th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) calling the BIG?EAST?Conference action. Following the matchup with the Musketeers, the Golden Eagles will travel to Creighton on Feb. 14 before enjoying a week-long break before celebrating National Marquette Day vs. Villanova on Feb. 21.
MU Supports Coaches Powering Forward for Autism
Marquette's coaching staff will be wearing the Autism Speaks logo pin during Tuesday night's matchup with Xavier and the team will be wearing its alternate baby blue uniform in support of the Coaches Powering Forward for Autism program.
The Coaches Powering Forward for Autism program was created after NCAA Coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion embarked on a mission in 2014 to raise awareness of autism. Fueled by the love for their sons, both diagnosed with autism, the two coaches made a simple request to fellow coaches to don the Autism Speaks logo pin during a February 2014 NCAA basketball game. In an overwhelming response, more than 82 NCAA coaches and broadcasters blanketed the sidelines and airwaves throughout the weekend wearing the small blue puzzle piece pin.
Recognizing the possibility to make an even larger impact, Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was born. The program provides basketball coaches, their teams, schools and community supporters with an even greater opportunity to help increase awareness, fundraise and advocate for the needs of families and individuals affected by autism.
MU's Series With Xavier Enters New Era
While Marquette and Xavier are meeting for the just the second year in BIG?EAST Conference play this season, the two programs do have an extensive all-time series.
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The Golden Eagles own a 47-18 overall lead in matchups that date back to the 1958-59 campaign. MU dominated the pairings during the Al McGuire and Hank Raymonds era, at one point claiming 26-straight victories between 1969 and 1983.
The Musketeers posted a 62-58 win over MU on Jan. 17 in the Cintas Center in the first meeting this season between the two teams. Senior Matt Carlino led all scorers with 27 points, thanks to 6-of-9 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
The two programs split the home-and-home series in 2013-14, with each squad winning on its respective home court.
Team Effort Leads To Road Win At Seton Hall
With senior guard Matt Carlino out with a concussion at Seton Hall, Marquette found itself down to just seven active scholarship players.
Despite the limited roster options against the Pirates, a team that had defeated Marquette 80-70 on Jan. 28, Marquette dominated at both ends for a majority of the game and held on for a 57-54 victory. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 17-4 advantage and never looked back, leading the game for over 39 minutes of action.
Redshirt freshman guard Duane Wilson knocked down a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to give MU a 3-point advantage and SHU's Sterling Gibbs missed a game-tying trey attempt as time expired.
Saturday afternoon's win was the first true road victory of the campaign for MU.
Johnson Providing Scoring Off Of The Bench
Sophomore forward Jajuan Johnson, who didn't reach double figures in points in any of the team's first nine BIG?EAST outings, has scored 10-or-more points in each of the last two outings.
The Memphis, Tennessee native chipped in 14 points at Seton Hall on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. He also contributed four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals in 35 minutes of action (first start since Tennessee on Nov. 30). He finished with 10 points at Villanova on Feb. 4 to lead the team.
Johnson reached double figures in points on four occasions in non-league play, including a career-best 22 points in the Dec. 16 win over Arizona State. He has yet to reach double figures in three-straight games while at Marquette.
Taylor Jr. Responds With Top League Performance
Junior guard Steve Taylor Jr. finished with 14 points in the win at Seton Hall, marking a personal-best tally in league play this season and his highest total (16) since facing Alabama A&M on Dec. 19.
The Chicago, Illinois native finished 7-of-9 from the field and also chipped in six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in 29 minutes of action (most since Dec. 19) off the bench. His point total surpassed his contributions in the past four games combined.