When: Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 3pm Central
Where: D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Nebraska
Audio/Visual: Creighton's going to make you drop $5 for 24 hour access to their video streaming. Streaming audio should be here, and there's always live stats, too.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB
Finally the Blue and Gold returns to the site of their first ever women's volleyball Big East tournament title. Unfortunately, it's for basketball this time. Marquette comes in with a 3-0 record in Big East road games this season, but for the first time this season, they'll be visiting a team in the top half of the league standings. Heading into the game, Marquette (4-2) is just a half game behind Creighton in the standings, and with the way things have shaken out so far, it looks like both teams could use all the head to head tiebreakers that they can acquire this season.
As is usually going to be the case when Marquette plays this season, this game will tilt on how the rebounding goes. Marquette has the best offensive and defensive rebounding rates in the conference. Creighton is second in defensive rebounding, but the Jays are only seventh in offensive rebounding rate. Which end will Marquette be able to dictate their terms on the best? Can they wipe out CU's strength or take advantage of their weakness?
Creighton is a deep team with nine players appearing in all 19 games, and the lowest minutes average in that group is 9.4 per game from Brianna Rollerson. The Bluejays put two players on the preseason all-conference team, Marissa Janning and Sarah Nelson. Janning leads CU in scoring (17.1 ppg) and assists (3.5 apg), while Nelson is the second leading scorer at 12.5 points per contest while leading the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg). I didn't even get a chance to mention McKenzie Fujan, who put up a Big East season high 38 points against DePaul on January 4th.