CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s basketball team continues its brutal road swing as the Catamounts travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on the Golden Eagles of Marquette Wednesday night at 8:30 pm. The game will be carried nationwide on Fox Sports 2. WCU is coming off its first road win of the season and second contest of the year in which the Catamounts have held an opponent under 50 points while the Golden Eagles are riding a two-game win streak in which they have scored over 100 points in each contest.
Western Carolina (2-4, 0-0 SoCon) at Marquette (4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 8:30 p.m. | Milwaukee, Wis. | BMO Harris Bradley Center (18,600)
Catamounts Versus Marquette
• Wednesday night’s game will be the fifth meeting between Western Carolina and Marquette in men’s basketball.
• The Golden Eagles have won all four meetings between the two squads including the most recent contest in 2008, 94-77.
• Marquette has been ranked for two of the four meetings. In 2008, the Golden Eagles were ranked No. 23 and in 1975 they were ranked No. 9.
• Current assistant coach Brigham Waginger was a junior for WCU when the Catamounts last played Marquette. He scored 12 points while knocking down four 3-pointers against the Golden Eagles while also dishing out a team-high five assists.
• Junior Haboubacar Mutombo’s older brother, Harouna, was a freshman on the 2008-09 squad and scored 12 points, had four assists and picked up three steals in the contest as well.
WCU and the BIG EAST
• The Catamounts have played just four of the 10 current members of the BIG EAST Conference and hold a 1-7 mark in those contests.
• WCU’s only win over a current BIG EAST member came in 2010 as the Catamounts defeated DePaul 69-64 in Chicago.
• WCU is 0-1 against Xavier, 0-4 versus Marquette, 0-1 against Georgetown and 1-1 versus DePaul.
On The Road Again
• The game against Marquette marks the fourth of a seven game road swing for the Catamounts.
• WCU will travel to five different states for the seven games.
• Three of Western Carolina’s five starters come from outside the United States.
• Starting guard Haboubacar Mutombo is from just north of the U.S. in Pickering, Ontario, Canada while WCU’s two forwards call Europe home.
• Sophomore forward Marc Gosselin is a native of Lyon, France while freshman forward Yalim Olcay comes from Izmir, Turkey.
• Olcay has the longest journey home which is 5,670 miles. Gosselin has to travel 4,439 miles home while Mutombo has a relatively short 861 mile journey.
The Return of Mutombo
• Junior Haboubacar Mutombo missed the season opener against Miami (Fla.) and his toughness and aggressiveness inside was missed.
• In his five games since the season opener he is averaging 10.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
• In the most recent contest he scored a team and career-high 15 points against Jackson State.
• He is currently fourth in the Southern Conference in rebounds per game and 21st in scoring.