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College basketball preview: Notre Dame at Marquette

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee

Records: No. 21 Notre Dame 22-6, 10-5 Big East; No. 22 Marquette 20-7, 9-4

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1480 AM, 106.7 FM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.4 ppg); Cooley (11 rpg); Eric Atkins (6 apg)

Marquette leaders: Vander Blue (14.3 ppg); Davante Gardener ( 5 rpg); Junior Cadougan (4.3 apg)

Key matchup: Two of the Big East’s top point guards will be on display today with the Irish’s Atkins, a 6-foot-2 junior, and the Golden Eagles’ Cadougan, a 6-1 senior, square off. Atkins is fourth in the conference in assists in the Big East, and he averages 12.2 points. Cadougan is 10th in the Big East in assists, and he averages 8.6 points.

The skinny: Notre Dame is coming off its second six-day break between games in a row, and the Irish have won their last two games after defeating Cincinnati 62-41 at home Sunday. … Marquette has been off for five days after it upset No. 12 Syracuse 74-71 Monday at home. … Irish guard Scott Martin had season-ending knee surgery Wednesday. He had missed the last nine games, and Notre Dame went 7-2 without him.

tkrausz@jg.net

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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