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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Golden Eagles host Seton Hall

Marquette looks to extend its four-game Big East win streak on Wednesday night when they host the Seton Hall Pirates at the Bradley Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm CST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 360.

Marquette, the hottest team in the Big East, returns to Milwaukee for just its third home game this month. The Golden Eagles re-emerged on the national scene with a gutty overtime win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday. Just how well have the Golden Eagles been playing of late? Ask Michael Hunt of the Journal-Sentinel.

Despite the fine play of late, an emotional letdown after the Pitt game might be human nature -- but its also a recipe for MU's fourth home loss of the season. However, with the Big East's best 6th man back for the spring semester, count on MU to play a solid game at home.

Dominic James, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews have re-established this team's identity of late -- and with fine play from Ousmane Barro, Dan Fitzgerald and David Cubillan, the Golden Eagles are much more than a three-man show these days. Still, MU relies on the Triple Threat to establish the pace and pressure needed to win. Just ask Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia and UConn.

Seton Hall (11-7 overall, 3-3 in the Big East) is in the midst of the ultimate up and down season. Bobby Gonzalez' Pirates have alternated wins and losses in each of their last 12 games. Weird.

Seton Hall is led by 6'5" junior Brian Laing, who is enjoying perhaps the biggest breakout season of any player in the Big East. Laing is scoring 17 points and hauling in more than 6 boards per game this season. As a sophomore, Laing was good for just five points and four boards a night.

Laing is complemented by one of the Big East's best freshman, point guard Eugene Harvey. Harvey, a teammate of David Cubillan's at St. Benedict's Prep, is averaging 16 points per game this season. Harvey is a terrific penetrator and finisher -- he's converting on 47% of his field goal attempts.

Best preview of all? Check out the SHU Rivals site.

Here's the MUScoop info sheet for tonight's game.

Here is the GoMarquette.com preview.

The Newark Star-Ledger preview is here.

Here's Rosiak's preview -- focused on Dominic James.

Here's the MarquetteHoops preview by Eric Silver.


TB said...

thank you, Matt. Correction noted

Anonymous said...

Not mentioned is that with the up and down season Seton Hall is having, their last game was a loss to Georgetown. That means that to keep the pattern going they need to win tonight.

Let's be the good guys and help them out and break up their pattern. Go MU