The Marquette Golden Eagles will ride a four-game winning streak into Saturday afternoon when they host the Maine Black Bears in Milwaukee. MU will look to make it five in a row with a showdown in one week's time with in-state rival Wisconsin looming.
If MU picks up a victory against Maine, it would be the first time since a stretch between December 22, 2012-January 16, 2013 that the Golden Eagles have won at least five games consecutively. During that stretch, Marquette won six in a row before falling to the Cincinnati Bearcats in overtime on January 19, 2013. That season, of course, is best known for an Elite Eight appearance, which was also the last time Marquette has made the NCAA Tournament.
Integral in Marquette's winning ways of late has been the play of impact freshman Henry Ellenson. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native has averaged 16.25 points and 10 boards in Marquette's four-game winning streak and an ORtg of 110.
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Game Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest, PRIME Ticket, MASN2, MSG, COX Sports Northeast, WCUU Chicago
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3 things to watch
1. Interior domination: Marquette has been one of the best teams in the country with regards to 2-point field goal percentage thus far. The Golden Eagles are 21st in the nation in that category with a field goal percentage of 56.5 percent. That seems to be the name of the game in the BIG EAST as well, as that mark is good for fourth-best in the conference, with Villanova, Creighton and Butler occupying spots 1, 2, and 3 in that category. They are especially winning at the rim. Of their 408 field goal attempts this season, the Golden Eagles have taken 33.6 percent of their shots at the rim and have converted on 63.5 percent of them. Their 2-point field goal jumper numbers aren't too shabby either as they have converted on 48.3 percent of their 2-point jumpers. Maine has not fared well defensively on 2-point field goals, omitting a field goal percentage of 53.7 percent. A huge exploit could come of this on Saturday afternoon if MU game plans around it.
2. The Big Fisch: Another integral part of Marquette's successes recently is the play of Luke Fischer. The Germantown, Wisconsin native has averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in this four-game winning streak and has posted only one game this year out of double figures. Fischer has been almost perfect at the rim, converting on 83.3 percent of his field goals at the rim. Maine will be at a tremendous disadvantage in this game as they have no player on their team that is taller than 6-foot-8. Given that Fischer stands at 6-foot-11, and that Ellenson is at 6-foot-10, they simply won't have the bodies nor the length to defend against Marquette's big men. Expect Fischer's hot streak to continue on Saturday afternoon against the Black Bears unless something catastrophic occurs.
3. Consistency with Cheatham: Lately, Marquette has doled out lineups featuring heavy usage of freshman guard Haanif Cheatham. And the Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has taken the ball and run with it thus far. In his last three games, Cheatham has averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.7 rebounds. Moreover, he's picked up 1.33 steals per game in the last three contests, upping his steal% to 2.5 percent which puts him in the Top 500 amongst Division 1 players. Cheatham's successes have gotten him into the starting lineup and even though he scored just six points against Grambling State, he dished out six assists and picked up a steal and two defensive rebound. One should suspect that Cheatham's recent string of consistency should continue on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee.