20th ranked Marquette opens play in the Big East Conference opener tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York against St. John's (16-14). 

This will be Marquette's first trip to Madison Square Garden this season and since that's St. John's home court, coach Tom Crean said it presents a problem.

Marquette could also be without the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year, Jerel McNeal, who sat out the final regular season game with a right thumb injury.  If he can't play, the Golden Eagles will have to rely heavily on freshman guard David Cubillan .  Cubillan played a big role in Marquette's win over Pittsburgh on Saturday when he scored 20 points.

Marquette (23-8, 10-6 Big East) has likely already done enough to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.


Listen/Download – Tom Crean on first trip to Garden this year. :15
Listen/Download – Tom Crean says this is a road game. :11

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