FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Television: Local. Home Record: Marquette 5-0, Green Bay 2-1. Away Record:
Marquette 0-1, Green Bay 0-5. Neutral Record: Marquette 2-1, Green Bay 1-1.
Conference Record: Marquette 0-0, Green Bay 0-0. Series Record: Marquette
GAME NOTES: As the 43rd program in college basketball history to reach 1,500
wins, the Marquette Golden Eagles now set their sights on their next milestone
victory, beginning with a meeting against the Green Bay Phoenix at the Resch
Center on Wednesday.
Over the weekend, Marquette easily disposed of Savannah State by a score of
71-51, which was not only the second straight win and the fifth in the last
six outings for the program but also moved them to 1,500-914 as they play in
their 96th season of basketball. While the landmark victory is certainly an
important one, it should also be noted that within the Big East Conference
where Marquette competes, there are eight other schools already with more all-
As for the Phoenix, this is their first-ever meeting with Marquette to be
played on their home floor. Unfortunately for Green Bay, the team is coming
into the contest on a four-game slide following a 72-70 setback versus
Southern Illinois on Saturday. Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle, who played
for Marquette from 1997-2001, can only hope that hosting the Golden Eagles
will be an advantage for Green Bay since this will be just the second true
road game for the visitors.
The Golden Eagles have won all but two of the previous 11 meetings between the
teams, capturing a 79-61 victory in the most recent encounter last season.
Marquette shot only 1-of-9 behind the 3-point line against Savannah State on
Saturday, but still the hosts had little trouble picking up the lopsided win
as they forced 21 turnovers and outscored SSU at the free-throw line by a 24-9
margin. Vander Blue and Davante Gardner both scored 14 points for the home
team, followed by Junior Cadougan and Steve Taylor, Jr. with 11 and 10 points,
respectively. Blue, a starter in all eight games in which he has appeared,
leads the team with 13.5 ppg as a 42.9 percent shooter behind the three-point
line. Gardner (12.7 ppg) mans the interior where he is pulling down six
rebounds a game, while his close proximity to the basket has helped him to
shoot 57.0 percent from the floor. Defensively, this group is limiting the
opposition to just 60.3 ppg on 28.6 percent accuracy beyond the arc.
In a game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes, Green Bay led by as many
as eight points with just under four minutes remaining in the first half, but
the team fell behind by four points in the final minute of the second half and
the Phoenix failed to rise to the challenge. Keifer Sykes did all he could to
keep Green Bay in the mix with his 22 points and five assists, followed by Kam
Cerroni with 14 points off the bench, but it simply wasn't meant to be as the
team turned the ball over 16 times. Guilty of five miscues himself, Alec Brown
did contribute in a positive manner with 10 points and seven rebounds. Playing
close to 34 minutes per game, Sykes tends to be the go-to guy for the Phoenix,
which is why he is averaging a team-best 16.4 ppg. But more than that, he's
also comfortable with getting his teammates involved in the action, resulting
in a team-high 31 assists.
Playing on the road for the first time in this series will certainly be a
different feeling for the Golden Eagles, but the outcome should still be the
same as the team notches win number 1,501.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marquette 75, Green Bay 63