NEWS Marquette beats Notre Dame, prepares for Big East basketball game

Marquette's Kam Jones takes on Notre Dame's Nate Laszewski in the second half on Sunday.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Marquette men’s basketball team is ready for the Big East.

Are the upstart Golden Eagles’ press conference ready?

MU ended its non-conference schedule in emphatic fashion with a 79-64 win over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center on Sunday.

Box Score:Marquette 79, Notre Dame 64

The Golden Eagles (8-3) were selected by the league’s coaches for ninth place in the Big East. But add a road win over the Irish (7-3) and a home win over Baylor, which also includes a road loss to ranked rival Purdue and a loss to Mississippi State at neutral ground, to boost MU’s resume. University, and lost home to state rival Wisconsin on the road.

“We just want to win on the road,” MU center Oso Ighodaro said. “We’ve been struggling on the road lately and just finished the game.

“So it’s a great win for us. Of course.”

Oso Igodaro 16 points, 18 rebounds double-double

MU head coach Shaka Smart challenged Ighodaro last week after the Ighodaro center grabbed just four rebounds in a win over North Carolina Central.

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