The top-ranked Syracuse Orange continue their quest for perfection as they play host to the 20th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles in a Big East Conference affair on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.
The game will be broadcast on SNY and ESPN3.com.
Marquette appeared to have No. 9 Georgetown on the ropes earlier this week, but the Golden Eagles couldn't make a 17-point lead in the second half stand up on the road, as the Hoyas rallied to take a 73-70 decision. With the loss, MU fell for the third time in the last five games, and its record now stands at 12-3 on the year and an even 1-1 in conference. The Golden Eagles are just 1-2 in true road games this season, and they will return home for three straight following this contest.
Marquette has beaten the No. 1 team in the land only once previously, taking out Kentucky (83-69) in the 2003 NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four.
Syracuse owns a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series with Marquette, but the Golden Eagles won a pair of meetings last season, including a 66-62 decision in the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Marquette seemingly had control of its recent clash with Georgetown, but a late defensive lapse allowed the Hoyas to get back into the game, and eventually earn the victory. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures for the Golden Eagles, but the Hoyas made good on an eye-popping 76.2 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half to ruin what MU head coach Buzz Williams had hoped would be a huge win for his club. The Golden Eagles got 17 points and eight rebounds from Jae Crowder, 16 points from Todd Mayo and 11 from Davante Gardner. But a 35.3 percent shooting effort after the break coupled with 16 total turnovers and GU's hot shooting down the stretch proved too much to overcome. Johnson-Odom continues to pace the team in scoring with 17.9 ppg, and he leads the way as well with 29 three- pointers. Crowder (16.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Mayo (10.2 ppg) are both averaging double digits in scoring as well, the latter doing so in a reserve role as he has started just one of the team's 16 games.
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