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Marquette targets rebound in conference play vs. Seton Hall

Jan 8, 2008 - 2:47 PM Seton Hall (10-4) at No. 16 Marquette (11-2) 9:00 pm EST

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) - After seeing its high-scoring offense grounded in its last game, No. 16 Marquette looks to get back on track when they meet Seton Hall in a Big East Conference contest on Tuesday.

In their 79-64 loss at West Virginia on Sunday, the Golden Eagles more than 16 points below their usual 80 points-per-game average, in large part because they shot a season-worst 42 percent (22-for-53) from the field.

Furthermore, Marquette (11-2, 1-1 Big East) struggled on the boards and defending the Mountaineers' 3-point shooting.

The Golden Eagles managed just six rebounds after halftime in the loss - they were outrebounded 38-26 for the contest - while they allowed West Virginia to hit 50 percent (9-of-18) of their shots from the arc - the best percentage surrendered by the team this season.

Rebounding could remain a concern for Marquette as they face the Pirates (10-4, 0-1), the conference's best offensive rebounding team (16 per game), which contributes to Seton Hall's 39.8 rebounds per game.

However, the Pirates don't figure to enjoy the same advantage shooting the 3-pointer like West Virginia did, as they are the Big East's second-worst shooting team from the arc, converting just 32.8 percent of its attempts on the campaign.

Seton Hall stepped away from conference play on Saturday and rebounded from their conference-opening loss to Connecticut with a non-conference 89-81 win over Morgan State. Reserve guard Jamar Nutter poured in a season-high 29 points in the victory.