Marquette has now won 25-straight home games which is good for the second-longest in the nation and hasn’t lost in Big East play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in two plus seasons. Cadougan discussed the importance of being so dominant at home and the road ahead come tournament time.
“It’s really important, said Cadougan. “We have more time to rest our bodies, prepare for who we are playing and it’s a shorter way to the championship. That’s another good accomplishment we have made back to back years.”
[Jamil Wilson led MU with 19 pts.]
The Golden Eagles got off to a very fast start to begin the game and led 14-5 at the first media timeout of the game. The force inside for the Marquette all season long has been the duo of post players Chris Otule and Davante Gardner. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey spoke very highly of the big men following the game.
“I was scared of both, said Brey. “Otule has good footwork in the post. We played pretty good defense, but they made some tough jump hooks which we’re going to live with. You worry about them in the paint and then they are making threes in the first half. I give them a lot of credit.”
Nine Marquette players scored at least three points in the win. Although Derrick Wilson didn’t score, he like many other Golden Eagles players, contributed in other ways with a rebound, assist and steal.
“When all of our 10 guys show up, it becomes really difficult for me to get guys in and out,” said Williams. “It’s the problem that I want to have.”
Marquette finished the game shooting 28 of 47 from the field good for a 59.6%. The Golden Eagles got off to a fast start and never looked back as they led the entire game.
Marquette improves to 21-7 overall and currently stands second place in the Big East Conference possessing a 12-4 record. The announced attendance Saturday afternoon was 19,093. It was the second largest home crowd in Marquette history and second largest to see a college basketball game in the state of Wisconsin.