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March 2, 2012March 3, 2012 - Milwaukee is known for beer and brats, but basketball will be front and center Saturday afternoon, as the Georgetown Hoyas (22-6 overall, 12-5 in BIG EAST) travel to Marquette (24-6, 13-5). The contest is each team's last regular season game.
A January 4, 73-70 comeback Hoya win is not the only subplot of the game: BIG EAST Tournament seeding is on the line, with the Hoyas securing the much desired double bye with a win - additionally G'Town is being pressed for it by USF, whom they are tied with in-conference but have a tie breaker against. If the Bulls get a win against West Virginia on Saturday and G'Town falls in Milwaukee, the Hoyas have to play another day in Madison Square Garden, point blank.
The intrigue doesn't stop there; add Marquette not suffering a in-league, home loss this season, plus the contest being Senior Day for Golden Eagles and the home team having become even more up tempo due to roster reductions, and it's clear to all this contest has all the makings will be a true battle.
Gametime is 2p, with the television broadcast being provided by WTEM 980, and it's radio alternative presented via ESPN 980.
As is customary, HoyaReport.com will provide pre and post game coverage, in addition to an in-game chat option. The last is available here.
In terms of pre-game information, the following audio sessions were secured during this week's media session. An exclusive discussion with Markel Starks is are available on Premium Court. There, Starks discusses the impact of Junior Cadougan, his personal physical conditioning and the necessity of stretching.
Enjoy the following interviews as well, and see you gametime!
Nate Lubick - personal season, avoiding foul trouble, Marquette challenges, thoughts on Marquette. (interview is here)
Jason Clark - last marquette game, Darius Johnson-Odom versus Dominique Jones, preparing for such players and guarding them in cruntch time, Jae Crowder. (interview is here)
Otto Porter - challenges of Marquette, Crowder, adjusting to physicality of BIG EAST. (interview is here)
Henry Sims - Crowder and how he defends him, importance of game, avoiding early deficit, coaching younger players on tournament play, development of Atkins a close personal friend, team defensive execution recently. (interview is here)