MU vs TCU Preview

Marquette will try and win two in a row when Texas Christian University tonight at the Bradley Center at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles are now 4-3 in Conference USA and are 13-5 overall. TCU will have a task ahead of them coming to the Bradley Center as the team has only suffered two losses at home over the last two seasons.

"TCU is a good team, they have a lot of guys that can score and they run a lot of transition so we'll have to be ready to defend or we'll get beat," senior Center Scott Merritt said.  "Their coach is from Kansas so can get out and run with the best of them so we'll have to be ready to get back on defense."

On the season, TCU stands at 7-11 overall and are 3-4 in Conference and have not won a road game since Feb. 26 of 200. TCU is led by junior guard Corey Santee who led the team last season with 16.3 points per game and this season, along with teammate Marcus Shropshire, is tied at 16th in scoring in C-USA with 13.2 points per game. 

"I think this Conference has a lot of good guards, we're just going to have to defend (Santee and Shropshire) and wear them down," said point guard Travis Diener.

 

Novak earns ESPN/Conference USA Player of the Week

 

For the week ending February 1st, sophomore Steve Novak was named ESPN.com National Player of the Week and Conference USA Co-Player of the Week and also Dick Vitale's Co-Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 30 points including 8 goals from three-point range against No.4 Louisville.  Novak also recorded eight rebounds and three steals in the 77-70 victory.

"When it's feeling good, I think you just need to figure out what your teams needs you to do and (against Louisville) that's what it was," said Novak.

"I think he can continue to get better" Coach Tom Crean said. "The great thing for him in (the game against Louisville), and this usually happens with players, they really have a great offensive game when their focused on something else. He knew we needed him to defend at a high level, he knew we needed him to rebound, especially on the defensive end, so he was so focused on other things then suddenly there was his shot."

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