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Gardner Wins Honor As Marquette Moves Up In Polls


MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) Marquette junior forward Davante Gardner was named today as the Sixth Man-of-the-Year in the Big East Conference. Gardner is second in scoring on the Golden Eagles with 11-and-a-half points a game, while pulling down almost five rebounds in 21 minutes a night. He ranks fourth in the Big East by making almost 85-percent of his free throws and 58-percent of his floor shots.

Also, Marquette senior point guard Junior Cadougan (cuh-doo’-gn) received the Big East Sportsmanship Award. He previously won Marquette’s sportsmanship honor, and was twice given the school’s “Create for Others” Award. Cadougan, a Marquette team captain, averages around nine points and four assists per game. S

everal other Big East awards were announced Monday, but the major ones – including player-and-coach of the year – won’t be unveiled until today. The Marquette men’s basketball team keeps moving up the polls, after winning a share of the Big East title over the weekend. The Golden Eagles jumped three spots to Number-12 in the Associated Press media poll unveiled this afternoon. And they rose four spots to 17th in the U-S-A Today coaches’ poll. Marquette is 23-and-7 overall, and will have a double-bye until Thursday to the quarter-finals of the Big East Tournament.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin men held steady at Number-22 in the A-P poll – and they dropped two places to 23rd in the coaches’ survey. That’s after the Badgers placed fourth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 21-and-10 overall, and they earned a first-round bye in this week’s Big Ten Tournament.

The Badgers will play either Michigan or Penn State on Friday in the conference quarter-finals.

In the A-P women’s poll, U-W Green Bay remains at Number-20 with a record of 26-and-2. The Phoenix have the top seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Horizon League tourney.