Marquette’s men’s basketball team begins a two-game road trip tomorrow night in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates.
marquette, now ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 poll, is entering a six-game winning streak. The Pirates, who received a vote to be ranked in the latest AP Top 25 poll, are coming off back-to-back games against St. John’s in which they won 66-60 on Saturday afternoon and then fell in a blowout Monday night , 84 -63.
These teams competed on January 15 at the Fiserv Forum when Marquette scored a huge one-point victory, 73-72. At the time, Seton Hall was ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25 poll.
In that game, Marquette was led by grad guard Darryl Morsell who tied his career high with 26 points. Redshirt freshman forward Justin Lewis also contributed with 18 points, five rebounds and three steals.
For the Pirates, they got a stellar performance from graduate student guard Bryce Aiken, who scored 28 points on 9 for 15 shots including 5 for 8 from beyond the arc.
Aiken hasn’t played since that match as he suffered a concussion against Marquette. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said Saturday that Aiken will not play Monday against St. John’s and will likely miss tomorrow’s game against the Golden Eagles as well.
If Aiken continues to run out of time, the Pirates will need more points from contributors such as senior guard Jared Rhoden and graduate student Alexis Yetna, who also scored in double figures against Marquette with 12 and 15 points. respectively.
With their winning streak, Marquette improved his record to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the BIG EAST. They will be looking to improve their road record to 4-2 on the season, with their final game on the road culminating in their most impactful victory of the season at the time. 11 Villanova.
On the other side, the Pirates have been strong at home this season with an 8-2 record. They’ve struggled so far in conference though, going 3-5.
Alongside his team’s entry into the national rankings due to their recent hot streak, Lewis was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday for his performances against Villanova and Xavier. Lewis scored 21 and 20 points respectively in each game, including the game-winning 3-pointer with just 11.9 seconds left at Villanova.
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. local time, 7:30 p.m. CST and will be streamed on FS1.
After that clash, the Golden Eagles will be in the east again on Saturday as they take on No. 17 Providence.
This article was written by Matt Yeazel. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MJYeazel.