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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Marquette hosts Texas Southern

The 15th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles host the Texas Southern Tigers tonight at the Bradley Center in the second of four tilts in the 2008 Chicago Invitational. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm.

The Golden Eagles (3-0), who lead the Big East in scoring, figure to run away from the Tigers who enter the game at 0-3. The Tigers fell to Northern Iowa 74-67 last week in Cedar Falls, and lost to Cincinnati by 31 last week.

Once again Marquette will look to surging senior Wesley Matthews to lead the way. Matthews is averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists through the season's first three games. Junior Lazar Hayward is averaging a double-double at 22 and 10. Meanwhile, Jerel McNeal is kicking in just shy of 20 points per game on 47% shooting, an impressive figure considering he's only making 23% of his three-point attempts (4-17).

Marquette defeated Chicago State in the first 'round' of the Chicago invitational, and will travel to the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois this weekend for a final pair of games. MU will face Northern Iowa on Friday and will suit up against the Dayton Flyers on Saturday evening to conclude the tournament.

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