We already spent some time looking at Marquette's returning players this season as well as the freshmen on the roster, so let's just jump in to the particulars of the game and take a look at the visiting Phoenix.
Game #1: vs UW-Green Bay (0-0)
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 1pm
Where: Al McGuire Center
Audio/Visual: Fire up Fox Sports Go for the Big East Digital Network, and add some live stats for fun.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWBB
For the seventh consecutive season, UW-Green Bay was picked to win the Horizon League. Here's the nuttier part: The Phoenix have won 16 consecutive regular season titles, and I can't say "consecutive Horizon League titles," because that streak is older than the Horizon League! The first two seasons of the streak were as a part of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
While UWGB picked up a majority of the first place votes in the Horizon League balloting, there are no Phoenix players on the All-Horizon League First Team. That league does issue a preseason all-conference Second Team, though, and Green Bay has two of the five players on that list. Junior guard Kaili Lukan led the Phoenix in scoring a year ago at 11.5 ppg after missing all of 2012-13 with an injury, and sophomore guard Tesha Buck was the 2013-14 Horizon League Freshman of the Year after starting all 32 games, averaging 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Third year coach Kevin Borseth has a multitude of options on his roster. In their first exhibition victory against Michigan Tech, every player that saw the floor played at least nine minutes and four players scored at least 10 points. Against UW-Osh Kosh, 11 of 12 Phoenix players got on the court for 12 or more minutes. The scoring load wasn't as deep, with just two players scoring 10 or more points, but four more players tallied at least seven points. To draw their depth into a little deeper focus: Neither Lukan nor Buck led the Phoenix in scoring in either exhibition win.