Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Looking to pick up some momentum and keep
pace near the top of the Big East, the Marquette Golden Eagles take to the
road for a conference battle with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the RAC on
With just two games left to play Marquette is in third place in the Big East
standings with a record of 12-4, but trail league-leading Georgetown by just
one game. The Golden Eagles have won four of their last five games, including
important wins against No. 17 Syracuse and No. 24 Notre Dame last week.
Marquette closes out the season on Saturday against St. John's at Madison
As for Rutgers things have not gone so successfully. The Scarlet Knights have
been set down in four straight and 10 of their last 11 games to drop to 13-14
overall and just 4-12 in league action. Rutgers does have a record above .500
at the RAC (9-6), although it has had losses in four of its last five at home.
Rutgers faces instate rival Seton Hall on Friday to finish the regular season.
These teams have only been conference foes since 2006. Rutgers won that
initial meeting but Marquette has won six straight since, including an 82-65
victory in last season's battle.
Against the Fighting Irish, Marquette yet again proved how impossible it is to
handle at home. The Golden Eagles used 19 points off the bench from Jamil
Wilson and a 59.6 percent shooting effort as a team to move to 16-0 at the
There are really no stars on the floor for Marquette. The closest the Golden
Eagles come is Vander Blue (14.0 ppg) but the senior guard has really been
struggling down the stretch. Blue has failed to score in double figures in the
last three games while shooting less than 40 percent from the field in each
contest. That has left the door open for players like Junior Cadougan (8.6
ppg, 4.3 apg) and Wilson (9.0 ppg) to make plays and keep the Golden Eagles
competitive. Davante Gardner (11.9 ppg) has been important off the bench as
well, although he has lacked consistency. After taking over by pouring in 26
points in the Golden Eagles' win over Syracuse last Monday, the 6-foot-8
forward had just five points against Notre Dame.
On Sunday afternoon Rutgers ran into the buzz-saw in Georgetown, falling
64-51. Wally Judge scored 11 points as the only player in double figures for
the Scarlet Knights who shot 37 percent overall and hit just 6-of-15 from the
Star power is also something Rutgers lacks especially when Eli Carter (14.9
ppg) was lost for the season with a fractured right fibula in mid-February.
Myles Mack (13.3 ppg) is now the only player on the roster scoring in double
figures but has been less consistent as the primary scoring option. Mack had
been shooting over 50 percent from the floor most of the season but has
struggled of late with back-to-back games outside of double figures. Dane
Miller (7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Wally Judge (7.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg) are the only
other players scoring seven points per game or more. As a team, Rutgers is
scoring just 65.9 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting.
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