LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 17: DeShawn Patterson #20 of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions tries to avoid a trap by Justin Hawkins #31 and Brice Massamba #12 of the UNLV Rebels during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center November 17 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
If we're going to be getting a new game every day for the next week or two, I really need to come up with some kind of standard introduction for these. Yesterday's intro really just wrote itself. This one, though: not so much.
In any case, the athletic department has announced Marquette's third non-conference game of the season. Tuesday, November 13th brings the Lions of Southeastern Louisiana to the Bradley Center.
2011-12 Record: 12-17
2011-12 Conference Record: 5-11 (Southland East Division 5th place)
KenPom.com Final Ranking: 305th
And a quick blurb from the athletic department's announcement:
Southeastern Louisiana will meet Marquette for the first time on Dec. 13 at the Bradley Center. The Lions welcome back fifth-year senior Brandon Fortenberry who suffered a season-ending foot injury last December while leading the squad in scoring at 17.6 points per game. Southeastern Louisiana is the first Southland Conference foe the Golden Eagles have faced since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi during the 2010-11 season.
It's worth noting that Southeastern Louisiana was 2-3 against Division 1 opponents when Fortenberry got hurt, winning their two home games and losing their three road games.
Just like Colgate, Southeastern Louisiana would have been the worst team in the KenPom rankings on last year's schedule. But this will be the third game for the Golden Eagles in roughly 96 hours and, since the athletic department says that this wraps up a two game home stand, it's probably going to be the last game that they play before beginning play in the Maui Invitational on November 19th. When the opportunities to get marquee wins are still on the schedule, it's okay if you reach for the sweeter cupcakes.