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The Marquette University men's basketball team (25-7, 14-4 BIG EAST) returns to the NCAA Championship for the seventh-straight year and will face the BYUon Thursday, March 15 at approximately 1:45 p.m. CT in the KFC Yum! Center. CBS will feature the team's 20th national television broadcast of the campaign, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) calling the action and Lesley Visser serving as sideline reporter.
MU Making Seventh-Straight NCAA Appearance
Marquette is making its seventh-straight appearance in the NCAA Championship and 30th overall, marking the first time since 1980 the program has advanced to the postseason seven consecutive years.
The 1980 appearance actually capped a 10-year run in the NCAA's, which included the 1977 National Championship squad. Legendary coach Al McGuire led MU to a 67-59 win over North Carolina in the title matchup that season, one of nine NCAA appearances during his tenure.
MU is 36-30 all-time in the NCAA's, which includes six appearances in the regional championship game and three in the Final Four. Marquette owns 45 all-time postseason berths (NCAA, NIT and National Catholic Tournament).
Potential Opponents Reach Deep Into MU's History
Marquette's two potential opponents on Thursday were both introduced to Golden Eagle fans early in the program's history.
MU is 5-1 all-time versus Iona, including a victory in the program's first-ever postseason appearance. The team downed the Gaels 66-59 in the opening round of the National Catholic Tournament in Troy, N.Y. and would eventually move on to claim the national title in that event in 1951-52. The two teams most recently met in 1987-88 and Iona was able to post a 71-56 victory, marking the program's lone win in the series history.
Marquette is 2-2 in four matchups with BYU, the most recent being an 81-70 win by MU in 1966-67. The two teams first met in 1930-31, with the Blue & Gold claiming a 35-31 decision. None of the four previous matchups have occurred in postseason action.
Marquette's Seeding Matches Program Best
Marquette is making its 30th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship and 17th since seeds were assigned to the field by the NCAA.
The Golden Eagles have matched the program's highest seeding with its selection as the No. 3 program in the West Region. MU was also the No. 3 seed in 2003 and 1979. The team advanced to the Final Four in 2002-03 behind the play of guard Dwyane Wade and claimed a victory over Pacific in 1978-79 before falling to DePaul.
MU is 5-2 all-time as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Championship.
Strength Of Schedule Preps MU For Postseason
Through games of March 11, Marquette's strength of schedule ranks 17th-toughest in the nation according to CollegeRPI.com.
A total of 15 opponents (11 NCAA, 4 NIT) in 2011-12 earned invitations to the NCAA Championship or the National Invitation Tournament for a total of 19 of the team's 32 games this season.
The nine selections from the BIG EAST mark the second-highest haul from one conference in the tournament's history, trailing only the BIG EAST's 11 teams that reached last year's NCAA field.