MU looks to even BE record vs. Creighton

Marquette is back in action after a week off and returns to its home floor to take on the Creighton Bluejays. Marquette enters the game coming off a road loss to rival Georgetown by a 65-59 final. The defending Big East tournament champions are struggling mightily and riding a five-game losing streak into Milwaukee Wednesday evening.

The Time: The Marquette University men’s basketball team (9-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 when the squad hosts Creighton (9-8, 0-4 BIG EAST) at 8 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

TV: CBS Sports Network will feature Marquette’s 13th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) calling the action.

The Series: Dates Back To 1922-23

Marquette and Creighton are meeting for the just the second season in BIG EAST Conference play, but the two programs are very familiar with each other.

The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 48-30, but Creighton swept the home-and-home series in 2013-14. CU posted a 67-49 win over the Golden Eagles on Dec. 31, 2013 in the league lidlifter for both programs before also earning an 85-70 win on Feb. 19, 2014 in Milwaukee. Guard Derrick Wilson finished with 10 points, six assists and four rebounds in the most recent matchup with the Bluejays.

Prior to last season, the most recent meeting between the two programs came in the 1998 National Invitation Tournament. MU posted an 80-68 victory in the opening round at the BMO Harris Bradley Center en route to an appearance in the event’s quarterfinals.

#32 Toby Hegner and #15 Rick Kreklow

Marquette has claimed 21 of the last 27 outings, including 10-straight between 1975 and 1984.

Lineups: Below are the starting lineups and the tale of the tape for each team.

Creighton Bluejays

#1 G Austin Chatman – 12.4 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game.

#21 G Isaiah Zierden – 10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg.

#23 G James Milliken – 6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg.

#32 F Toby Hegner – 8.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.6 blocks per game

#31 C Will Artino - 7.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.5 bpg.

Will Artino

Creighton is having a hard time adjusting without 65 percent of last year’s scoring, led by national player of the year Doug McDermott. Head coach Greg McDermott has had a tough time with injuries as of late, specifically to starters Austin Chatman and Isaiah Zierden. Both should be healthy for tonight’s contest against Marquette.

The Bluejays’ offense has fallen greatly since last season. Creighton ranks 77th in the NCAA with an average of 69.4 points per game and are 222nd in the nation in field goal percentage a year after finishing third in the same category.

Creighton is 0-4 in Big East play and losers of five straight overall. The Bluejays have dropped crucial home games to DePaul and Seton Hall in their last two outings.

Marquette Golden Eagles

#12 G Derrick Wilson – 6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg.

#13 G Matt Carlino – 12.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apg.

#1 G Duane Wilson – 10.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.2 apg.

#10 F Juan Anderson – 11.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg.

#40 C Luke Fischer – 13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg.

Marquette is 1-2 in Big East play, but both losses have come on the road to DePaul and Georgetown. Marquette’s lone conference win came over Providence at home in one of the team’s best performances of the season. Marquette is riding a five-game winning streak at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The presence of Luke Fischer has paid big dividends for Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 5-2 since the Indiana transfer became eligible to play and are considerably better on both sides of the floor. Fischer is shooting a gaudy .816 from the field, but has gotten himself into foul trouble in conference games.

The backcourt of Matt Carlino, Duane Wilson and Derrick Wilson has been inconsistent. Carlino is the second-leading scorer, but scores with a high volume of shots on most nights. Duane is a talented redshirt freshman, but needs a bit more polish at the rim.

Marquette is a much-better shooting team than Creighton. The Golden Eagles are tied for 54th in field goal percentage and tends to be a vastly better shooting team on its home gym. Creighton does hold the advantage on the glass, averaging about four boards more per game than Marquette. The Golden Eagles are ranked 326th in the nation in rebounding.

The Golden Eagles typically stay in the game with stingy defense that is led by an impressive ability to turn opponents over. The Golden Eagles rank 26th in the nation in steals per game with just over eight. Creighton averages 11.82 turnovers per game.

The Golden Eagles and Bluejays tip off at 8 p.m. central time from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and broadcasted on the radio on 540 ESPN.

A Look Ahead: MU opens a two-game road swing at Xavier at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 17 before traveling to New York City on Jan. 21 to take on St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

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