• Marquette hosts Providence for Breakfast

    Another Breakfast special from the Fiserv Forum as Marquette hosts Providence College at 11am on CBS Sports Channel.

    Providence Friars
    11-6/1-3 1-2 in road games 54th in Sagarin rating
    Head Coach: Ed Cooley , 8th season (155-100)

    Efficiency Numbers (Kenpom)


    Offensive Efficiency 105.7 (126th)
    Defensive Efficiency 96 (52nd)

    Offensive Efficiency 111.4 (38th) Down from week ago
    Defensive Efficiency 94.9 (41st) Up from a week ago

    Marquette leads the all-time series 17-9. Last season each team won on the road. PC has won 3 of the last 4 games. Marquette is 15-6 vs. Providence since joining the Big East.
    The Friars sole conference win came against Seton Hall at home this past Tuesday 72-63. Their 3 conference losses are @ Georgetown, and at home vs. Creighton and Villanova.

    More Numbers...

    *Marquette Rebound Margin +7.3 (#1 in BE)
    *Marquette Block Shots 82 and 4.56 per game (#1 in BE)
    *Theo John leads the Big East in Block Shots with 35. (#1 in BE)
    *Marquette 1st in DEF FG Efficiency .402
    *Providence is most efficient offensive rebounding team in BE with 12.18 per game

    The Bad
    *MU Assist/TO ratio .98 MU Turnover Margin -1.89 (both last in BE)
    *Marquette last in steals with 95 and 5.28 per game
    *Providence shoots 43.7% from the field (last in BE)

    Marquette is very good at limiting 2nd chance points. They lead the league in defensive rebounding at 29.92 per game. Providence is so good at rebounding their missed shots, it seems as if it is their best way to score. If Marquette plays without Markus Howard today, this will be a key element of the game. Marquette has committed to rebounding as a team and if they can limit Providence to less than 10 offensive rebounds today, MU should come away with a W.

    It looks as if Howard is going to be a game time decision. The coaching staff will be cautious for sure. Howard will want to play as he has had very good performances vs Providence. Marquette will look to stay undefeated at Fiserv Forum and honoring MU All-Time great Dwayne Wade won’t hurt. With Howard, Marquette 82 Providence 69, without Howard, MU 70, PC 66

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