for this game

Marquette looks to go 2-0 in Big East

Jan 4, 2009 - 2:25 PM Cincinnati (10-3) at No. 25 Marquette (12-2), 2:00 p.m. EST

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- No. 25 Marquette will try and win its second straight Big East Conference game when it hosts Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0 Big East) have never opened conference play 2-0 since joining the Big East in 2005.

Marquette got off to a good start in the conference on Thursday, winning its fourth straight game with a 79-72 victory over 13th-ranked Villanova.

Jerel McNeal scored 24 points and Wesley Matthews had 19 in the win for the Golden Eagles. Matthews leads the team in scoring at 19.2 per game.

It will be the Big East opener for Cincinnati, which is coming off a 60-45 setback at Memphis last Monday.

Deonta Vaughn scored 17 points in the loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bearcats. The junior leads the team in scoring at 15.2 per contest.

Marquette won the lone meeting last season, 75-60, at Cincinnati.