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New Hampshire (2-1) at (25) Marquette (2-1)



Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bradley Center (18,600) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: UNH 1-1, MU 2-1. Away Record: UNH 1-0, MU 0-0. Neutral Record: UNH 0-0, MU 0-0. Conference Record: UNH 0-0, MU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: The 25th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles close out their season- opening, four-game homestand, as they entertain the Wildcats of New Hampshire in non-conference action on Thursday night.

New Hampshire, which plays its basketball out of the America East Conference, is off to a 2-1 start thanks to victories over Suffolk (94-70) and Duquesne (84-81) in the first two games. The Wildcats recently dropped a 71-63 decision to visiting NJIT on Sunday, evening their home record at 1-1. They will play their first AEC contest against visiting Stony Brook on Dec. 15.

Marquette tipped off the season with wins over Southern (63-56) and Grambling State (114-71), but then came up small in a low-scoring affair with a ranked Ohio State club last Saturday, 52-35. The loss snapped the team's 27-game home winning streak. The Golden Eagles, who are still members of the new-look Big East, get their first taste of life on the road in their next bout, as they'll play at Arizona State on Nov. 25. They open conference play at Creighton on Dec. 31.

This game represents the first-ever meeting between New Hampshire and Marquette in men's basketball.

The Wildcats are fortunate to have some of the best players in the AEC on their roster, notably center Chris Pelcher and forward Patrick Konan. Pelcher has been a beast in the early going, averaging a double-double consisting of 19.7 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, all while shooting 64.9 percent from the field. He could stand to work on his free throws (.579), but his contributions across the board can't be denied. As for Konan, he is netting 17.0 ppg in hitting 51.3 percent of his total shots, which includes a 40 percent showing from 3-point range. Both Jordan Bronner (11.7 ppg) and Daniel Dion (10.7 ppg) are averaging double digits in scoring as well, helping the team put up 80.3 ppg.

Pelcher finished with a line of 20 points and 15 boards in the recent loss to NJIT, while Konan had 16 and seven, and Bronner tacked on 14 points while handing out three assists. As a team, UNH shot just 38.3 percent from the field, which included an 8-of-31 (.258) showing from beyond the arc. The Wildcats also went just 9-of-17 at the charity stripe, while allowing the Highlanders to drain 52.8 percent of their total shots, including 64.3 percent (9-of-14) of their 3-point tries.

Despite shooting just 39.8 percent from the floor, Marquette is averaging 70.7 ppg. The team permits only 59.7 ppg while securing nearly 10 more caroms per contest than its opponents, who are also shooting well below 40 percent overall, and under 30 percent from long range. The Golden Eagles have only two double-digit scorers at the moment, as Davante Gardner (15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Todd Mayo (13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) do their best to keep the team competitive.

Marquette had one of its worst shooting days ever, hitting just 18.9 percent of its field goal attempts, which included a dreadful 1-of-18 showing from 3- point range, as the team mustered a mere 35 points in last weekend's home loss to Ohio State. Mayo and Gardner were the only players to score in double figures, netting 11 and 10 points, respectively. Mayo went only 3-of-15 from the floor. Steve Taylor pulled down nine rebounds, but the team as a whole had only four assists while committing 20 turnovers. The Buckeyes started the game cold as well (.269), but got going after the break (.577), although they too had a horrific game from downtown (3-of-18).

While New Hampshire is sure to put up a fight, you almost have to feel sorry for the visitors as they walk into what will likely be an ambush from an angry flock of Golden Eagles following the debacle against Ohio State.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marquette 85, New Hampshire 61

11/21 10:33:50 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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KAN 4
 
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WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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RUTG 24
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TEX 0
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UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
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WASU 37
ARZ 59
 
4th
CLEM 16
SYR 6
 
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
 
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TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
 
4th
COLST 45
WYO 17
 
4th
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
3rd
TENN 17
ALA 34
 
4th
AUB 35
SCAR 35
 
3rd
PSU 7
OSU 17
 
1st
UTAH 0
USC 0
 
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WASH
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NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
 
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NYI 7
DAL 5
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PHI 4
DET 2
 
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
 
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MON 3
NYR 1
 
2nd Intermission
STL 3
CHI 1
 
3rd
NAS 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
MIN 6
TAM 2
 
2nd
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14