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Game Thread #1: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers

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It's over. At long, long last, after six months of idleness, silliness, and pettiness -- MARQUETTE BASKETBALL IS BACK.

And thank God -- if we had to wait any longer, I was going to have to bust out my idea for an elimination tournament of Marquette greats paired with dinosaurs.

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES BASKETBALL

Marquette vs. Prairie View A&M

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November 12, 2010 8:00 p.m. CDT

Bradley Center (18,600), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

TV: Time Warner Cable 32 (w/ Dennis Krause and Jim McIlvaine)

Radio: ESPN 540 (Milwaukee) (w/ Steve "The Homer" True and George Thompson)

SBN Coverage: Panthers vs Golden Eagles coverage

All-Time Series: Marquette leads, 4-0.

Last Meeting: Marquette defeated Prairie View A&M 104-49 on December 6, 1996.

We're talking basketball after the jump: probable starters, key stats (and some whimsy), and, as always, your officially unofficial Beer of the Game.

MARQUETTE PROBABLE STARTERS

  • F Joe Fulce (2009-10 stats: 3.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.3 APG)
  • F Jimmy Butler (2009-10 stats: 14.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.0 APG)
  • C Chris Otule (2009-10 stats: 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
  • G Darius Johnson-Odom (2009-10 stats: 13.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.4 APG)
  • G Dwight Buycks (2009-10 stats: 6.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.1 APG)

OTHER KEY STATS AND WHIMSY:

Hype for Marquette guard Vander Blue, as represented in exclamation points: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prairie View's 2009-10 shooting percentages: FG: 39.6%; 3PT: 29.8%; FT: 61.4%

Gratuitous YouTube clip, presented because Prairie View has a player with the same name as a famous SNL alum. (No, not Will Ferrell. It's the guy who played Dr. Steven Poop.)

BEER OF THE GAME

Lakefront's Riverwest Stein. It's a versatile beer, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your living room (or ManCave) while you listen to the game, or outside of Section 208 at the Bradley Center, where lucky passers-by might be able to con our own Admiral Ackbar, S.J. into buying one. Or five.

Enjoy the game, and bring me home a winner.