Notre Dame Vs. Marquette Preview: Irish Go For 4th Win In A Row

HARTFORD, CT - JANUARY 29: Jack Cooley #45 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates the win as Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies walks off the court on January 29, 2012 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Connecticut Huskies 50-48. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Notre Dame comes home after a successful road trip.

Notre Dame has been playing good basketball over the last week, helping its NCAA tournament standing tremendously with a win over Syracuse and road wins over Seton Hall and Connecticut. The Big East grind continues Saturday afternoon with a Marquette Golden Eagles team that hasn't lost a game since Jan. 7.

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One aspect of the game that will be interesting to track will be turnover margin. Marquette takes decent care of the ball and Notre Dame's defense does a poor job of forcing turnovers. At the other end of the floor, the Irish are very good at taking care of the ball, while Marquette's defense thrives on takeaways. With the Eagles unlikely to commit many turnovers in this game, how Notre Dame's offense handles the ball against Marquette's defense could be a big factor in the outcome.

Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1:00 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Odds: Marquette is favored by one point.

Series History: Notre Dame leads 79-36

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head over to Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Big East Coast Bias. For more from around college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub.

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