Marquette Golden Eagles (20-9, 11-6 Big East) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-10, 9-8 Big East)
Bradley Center-Milwaukee, Wis.
1:00 PM CST Saturday
TV: BIG EAST Network, TWS 32
Broadcast Team: Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) will call the action
While Marquette has all but locked up an NCAA tournament birth with there win over Louisville on Tuesday, Notre Dame will have their NCAA hopes on the line Saturday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
The Irish (20-10, 9-8) could really use a win to solidify their chances at an NCAA tournament bid before the BIG EAST tournament next week at Madison Square Garden.
It was just a few weeks ago that all hope for the Irish seemed lost. In a game against Seton Hall on February 11, the conferences' leading scorer, Luke Harangody was injured with a bruised knee. The Irish went on to lose their next two games in addition to the game against the Pirates.
However, Notre Dame has rallied to win their last three games, all against top-50 RPI opponents. Those victories have put them back into tournament consideration after the tournament seemed like a pipe dream.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles (20-9, 11-6) have been on an impressive run of their own, winning nine of their last 10 games. The Golden Eagles have locked up the fifth seed in the BIG EAST tournament but with Saturday afternoon's affair being Senior Day, there is definitely some extra motivation to win.
Seniors Lazar Hayward, Maurice Acker and David Cubillan will be honored following their last game in the Bradley Center. Hayward and Cubillan has led Marquette to three NCAA appearances (and likely a fourth this season) since joining the program in 2006. Acker, a transfer from Ball State joined the group in 2007.
Saturday's contest will likely prove to be an exciting one as both teams have a lot to play for.
Notre Dame Projected Starters
G–#3–Tory Jackson (5'11" 195 lbs.) --- (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.4 spg, 36% 3pt)
G–#23–Ben Hansbrough (6'3" 206 lbs.) --- (12.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg, 43% 3pt)
F–#21–Tim Abromaitis (6'8" 235 lbs.) --- (17.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 47% 3pt)
F–#1–Tyrone Nash (6'8" 220 lbs.) --- (7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 54% FG)
F–#34–Carlton Scott (6'7" 217 lbs.) --- (4.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg)
G–#20–Jonathan Peoples (6'3" 207lbs.) --- (3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 40% 3pt)
F–#45–Jack Cooley (6'9" 244 lbs.) --- (1.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
F–#44–Luke Harangody (6'8" 246 lbs.) --- (24.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.8 apg) ---Unlikely to play due to injury
Preview: Notre Dame
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