Feb. 27, 2017
TV Info: FS1 | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (17-11, 8-8 BIG EAST) wraps up the road portion of its regular-season schedule Wednesday, March1 when the squad travels to Xavier (18-11, 8-8 BIG?EAST). FS1 will feature the 8 p.m. CT?tip, with Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play) and Nick Bahe (analyst) calling the action. Following Wednesday's matchup, the Golden Eagles will return to the BMO?Harris Bradley Center to face Creighton on Senior Day. MU?will honor seniors Luke Fischer, Jajuan Johnson and Katin Reinhardt during a pregame ceremony.
Marquette's Series With Xavier Has Long History
Marquette and Xavier will meet for the 71st time on Wednesday evening, continuing a series that spans nearly half of the program's 100-year history.
The Golden Eagles own a 48-22 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 lone NCAA?tournament meeting came in 2010-11 and resulted in a 66-55 Marquette win in the opening round and started the team's run to a Sweet 16 appearance. XU posted a 67-63 win over MU at home in the 2000 National Invitation Tournament.
Marquette stopped a run of six-straight victories against the squad with an 83-61 win at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Feb. 18. Freshman guard Markus Howard was the story in that outing, scoring a career-high 34 points on 9-of-12 shooting from behind the 3-point line.
Plenty To Be Decided As Season Enters Final Week
With the BIG EAST?Conference schedule entering its final week of action, only three seeds have been determined for the league tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Villanova, the defending national champions, have earned the top spot and Butler is locked in at No. 2. DePaul will be the 10th seed. Marquette is one of four teams (Providence, Seton Hall, Xavier) tied at 8-8 and could finish as high as third place in the final standings.
There could be clarification following Tuesday's slate of three games, but Marquette's opening matchup might not be completely determined until after the season finale vs. Creighton on Saturday afternoon at the BMO?Harris Bradley Center.
Fischer Nearing Milestone Career Accomplishment
Senior center Luke Fischer, who has played a total of just 2.5 seasons with Marquette after transferring from Indiana midway through his freshman campaign, is on pace to join some rare company in program history.
In 85 career games, the Germantown, Wisconsin native has already collected 980 points, 487 rebounds and 145 blocked shots. Should he reach the 1,000-point, 500-rebound plateau he would join an exclusive list that includes just over 30 players in the program's 100-year history.
Five more swatted scoring attempts and Fischer would become one of just two players (Jim McIlvaine) in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocked shots.
Fischer did net 37 points while with the Hoosiers in 2013-14, so he has already eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark in NCAA?action.