Time & Place: 8:30 PM ET, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Jeff Levering & Dickey Simpkins)
Radio: 540 ESPN (Marquette; Steve True & Jim McIlvaine); 88.7 The Sound (SIUE; Joe Potts)
Stream: Fox Sports GO (where available)
Gamblin’ Info: Marquette is a 23-point favorite via OddsShark. The over/under opened at 162.
Three Things to Watch
The First Meeting For Everyone But One: For the players on the court, this is the first-ever meeting between Marquette and SIU Edwardsville. However, SIUE Cougars head coach Jon Harris is quite familiar with the Bradley Center floor.
Harris played four seasons (1998-2002) for the Golden Eagles. His sophomore through senior seasons were under current Indiana head coach Tom Crean. He spent his final two seasons as a teammate of Chicago Bulls guard and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade. This will be quite the homecoming for Harris.
The Cougars have lost five straight games, including an overtime loss to Green Bay on Monday and falling to Division II Missouri Western on December 10th. The only thing they do particularly well is get to the line, as they are 13th in the nation in total free throw attempts (326). SIUE has their work cut out for them on Wednesday night.
The Mighty Marquette Offense: Marquette recovered from a loss against Wisconsin with a 78-65 win over St. Francis (PA). Despite only having seven available players, the offense continued to flow. The Golden Eagles knocked down 13 treys, their fourth time this season hitting that mark and their sixth game with double-digit made three-pointers.
Marquette comes into the game with the 21st most efficient offense in the nation according to KenPom.com, producing 114.7 points per 100 possessions. With SIUE ranking 305th on offense (97.2 points per 100) and 271st on defense (108.2 points allowed per 100), this could shape up to be an explosive night for Marquette.
The Final Tune-Up: SIU Edwardsville is the final non-conference game of the season for Marquette. Their next game will be on the 28th when they host Georgetown for their Big East opener. This leaves Wednesday as their final opportunity to get in a guarantee win before the gauntlet gets underway.
The team may be short-handed for the second straight game. Markus Howard (concussion) is listed as questionable and Katin Reinhardt (leg) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Wednesday’s matchup.
It looks like Marquette won’t be able to sort out their now nine-man rotation - after Traci Carter’s departure - until conference play. However, this will give more minutes and experience to the bench in the meantime.
With exams completed and Georgetown a week away, Marquette should make sure they don’t overlook SIUE. Three of SIUE’s four wins on the year have come away from their home gym.