Providence (15-5) at Marquette (11-9)
DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bradley Center (18,850) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television: FS1. Home Record: PC 11-1, Marquette 8-2. Away Record: PC 2-2,
Marquette 2-5. Neutral Record: PC 2-2, Marquette 1-2. Conference Record: PC
5-2, Marquette 3-4. Series Record: Marquette leads, 12-4.
GAME NOTES: The Marquette Golden Eagles hope to continue their recent
dominance over the Providence Friars, as the two meet up for a Big East
Conference clash tonight at the Bradley Center.
Marquette has won each of the last nine head-to-head meetings and leads the
all-time series with the Friars by a 12-4 margin.
Last Saturday, Marquette took fourth-ranked Villanova to overtime, only to
suffer a 94-85 loss. Things have not gone so well of late for the Golden
Eagles, who are a game under .500 since the start of December. However, they
have won 8-of-10 decisions at home this season.
Providence enters this matchup riding a five-game win streak. Most recently,
the Friars notched an 81-72 victory over Xavier on Saturday to conclude a
three-game homestand. Beginning tonight, they'll play four of their next five
on the road.
After claiming a 35-31 halftime lead against Xavier, the Friars shot a lights-
out 64 percent from the floor in the second half, their best shooting
percentage in any half this season. Bryce Cotton had a game-high 25 points and
five assists, while LaDontae Henton recorded a double-double with 23 points
and 11 rebounds. Kadeem Batts and Tyler Harris both scored 12 points and
combined for 14 rebounds in the win. Coach Ed Cooley once again road his
starters heavily, as the bench contributed only two points. He has gone with
the same starting lineup and a six-man rotation all season long. Cotton leads
the way with 20.5 ppg, and Henton is averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds
Headlining Marquette's roster is forward Davante Gardner, a 53.2 percent
shooter from the floor who averages a team-best 15.0 ppg and 6.2 rpg despite
starting only six games this season. Jamil Wilson is the team's only other
double-digit scorer with an average of 11.8 ppg, and he grabs 5.5 rpg for good
measure. The Golden Eagles have held their own on the boards (+4.6), but their
lack of a consistent perimeter threat (.300 3-point FG percentage) has been an
issue. In last weekend's narrow loss to Villanova, reserve Todd Mayo (18
points) scored Marquette's final 10 points of regulation to force overtime.
However, the team shot just 2-of-10 from the floor in the extra session. The
loss spoiled a dominant, 29-point, 13-rebound effort from Gardner.
PC is seeking a sixth straight league victory, a feat it has accomplished only
once previously (2003-04). That won't be easy to pull off inside the Bradley
Center, but they certainly have a chance to end Marquette's nine-game win
streak in the series.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Providence 74, Marquette 70
01/30 10:34:52 ET
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