Update: Inside MU after ND

Marquette didn't just beat Notre Dame on Monday night. It made a statement to the rest of the Big East that the Golden Eagles are a team to be reckoned with. The Golden Eagles torched the Fighting Irish, going 12-for-17 from 3-point range in a 79-57 victory. After a series of close calls, it was Marquette's first win over a ranked opponent this season.

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   Before Monday night, Marquette had a five-point loss to No. 1 Duke, a
three-point loss to No. 18 Gonzaga, a one-point loss to No. 24 Vanderbilt and an
eight-point loss to No. 5 Pittsburgh.
   Considering the sheer volume of ranked teams in the conference, getting a
breakthrough was huge. Five of its next six games are against teams ranked in
the Top 24, including a rematch next week with the Fighting Irish in South Bend.
   On this night, its secret was an excellent shooting day. It made 53.1 percent
of its shots from the field, the fifth time in the last six games the Golden
Eagles have made at least half of their attempts.
   With shooting like that, odds are good that this won't be the last victory by
the Golden Eagles over a ranked team in 2010-11.
   BEYOND THE BOX SCORE: The victory over Notre Dame was the 100th in school
history against a ranked opponent. The Golden Eagles are 100-151 against teams
ranked in the Top 25, with eight of those wins coming under current coach Buzz
Williams.

NOTES, QUOTES
   --The Golden Eagles lost to the Panthers on Jan. 8 despite a season-low two
turnovers. It went the entire first half without committing one.
   --Sophomore guard Junior Cadougan had three assists without a turnover in 10
minutes against Pittsburgh. Over his past two games, he has 11 assists and has
only turned the ball over once.
   BY THE NUMBERS: 9.7 -- Points per game by the Marquette bench in Big East
play going into the week. The Golden Eagles reserves were shooting 31.3% from
the field through three league games, making 10 of their 32 shots.
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "We shouldn't be so dependent on a guy who's only in his third
Big East game, but we are." -- Coach Buzz Williams, talking to the Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel about the team's reliance on junior college transfer Jae
Crowder.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
   NEXT GAME:
   --at Louisville, Jan. 15
   KEY MATCHUPS: Jae Crowder has to stay out of foul trouble in this one. He's
going to be the Golden Eagle who Louisville will have the hardest time matching
up with, but he took himself out of the game against Pitt midway through the
first half. Otherwise, it will be a battle of the guards, and which team shoots
the ball better from the outside.
   FUTURES MARKET: Freshman F Jamail Jones was hoping to crack the frontcourt
rotation in his first season, but the emergence of Jae Crowder as a cornerstone
of the team has left him warming the bench. The one minute of action he got
against Pittsburgh was the first time he got to take off the warmups in Big East
play and broke a streak of three consecutive DNPs.

PLAYER NOTES
   --Sophomore G Junior Cadougan continues to avoid shooting the basketball
while working to get good shots for his teammates. He took just one shot in 18
minutes against Notre Dame but had four assists to one turnover off the bench.
He has 15 assists and two turnovers in his last three games.
   --Freshman G Vander Blue is averaging 9.3 points per game, but his scoring
has decreased markedly in the Big East. He hasn't scored more than six points in
his four conference games, averaging 4.5 points over that span.
   --Junior G Darius Johnson-Odom continues to be the team's top offensive
threat in Big East play. He's averaging 20.8 points in four Big East games and
is 11-for-24 from 3-point range.
   --Senior guard Dwight Buycks was questionable for the Pitt game because of a
thigh contusion suffered in a practice collision, one that rendered him
ineffective the previous game against Rutgers. He showed no ill effects against
the Panthers, scoring 19 points and making three of his four three-point
attempts.


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