No. 24 #MUBB hosts No. 12 Villanova on Wednesday night

The 24th-ranked Marquette University men’s basketball team (15-7, 7-4 BIG EAST) returns to the Fiserv Forum to host No. 12/12 Villanova (16-5, 9-2 BIG EAST) on Wednesday, February 2 at 9 p.m. CT. FS1 will feature the national TV broadcast, with Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling for action. Marquette is currently in a portion of the schedule that includes four road meets in five outings and will travel to 17/17 UConn on Feb. 8 in the team’s next outing.

Marquette seeks to reverse playoff trend

Villanova holds a 27-13 advantage over Marquette in a historic series dating back to 1960.

In addition to regular season and championship tournament games, the two teams also met in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament and the 1980 NCAA Championship. Marquette beat the Wildcats 66-58 in the NIT, but fell 77-59 in NCAA first round in Providence, RI

The Wildcats have been ranked in the top 15 in 18 of the last 19 meetings against Marquette, including four meetings as the top-ranked team in the nation.

justin lewis 3 points with 11.9 seconds to go proved to be the difference in a 57-54 win at Villanova on January 19, the program‘s first win at Finneran Pavilion. United have swept the season series with the Wildcats on just one occasion, winning both matchups in 2011-12.

A historic winning streak snapped in Providence

Marquette’s impressive seven-game winning streak in the BIG EAST ended on Sunday with a tight 65-63 loss to No. 17/17 Providence, but not before the streak could earn a spot in the L history of the league.

Since the BIG EAST’s inception in 1979-80, no team had opened conference action 0-3 before winning seven straight. The last team to do so from a current major conference was Vanderbilt in 1987-88.

Marquette ranked for the second consecutive week

Marquette’s recent seven-game winning streak propelled the team into the top 25, and both national polls rank the Golden Eagles 24th in the nation as of Jan. 31.

MU is ranked in both polls for the first time since February 17, 2020, also the last time the BIG EAST featured five ranked programs. The Golden Eagles were chosen to finish ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll and are currently in fourth place.

The BIG EAST is tied with the Big Ten and Big 12 for most teams currently in the top 25.

Another game, another ranked opponent

United, who have already faced 10 nationally ranked teams in 2021-22, are in the midst of a streak that could feature 6 out of 7 outings against the top 25 opponents.

Wednesday’s 11th top-25 game of the year against No. 12/12 Villanova will score the most since the team played 11 games during the 2010-11 regular season. That year, including the playoffs (five in a row to end the year), the Golden Eagles had 17 total outings against the nation’s best. No. 17/17 UConn is next for Marquette on Feb. 8 after Wednesday’s game with Villanova.

United are 132-211 against the top 25 teams, including 49-127 against the top 10. The team is 5-5 against teams in national polls, with wins over No. 10/10 Illinois, No. 16/17 Providence, No. 20/18 Seton Hall, No. 11/11 Villanova and No. 20/20. Xavier.

In games Jan. 31, Marquette and Alabama topped all of college basketball with five wins over nationally ranked foes in 2021-22.

Earlier this year, for the first time in school history, MU picked up three straight wins over the PA’s top 25 opponents (Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier) in back-to-back outings during the season. regular.

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