Marquette To Face Xavier Friday Night In NCAA Championship
March 13, 2011
TV: truTV | Radio: 540 ESPN | Ticket Information
Official Away Game Destination: CENTERCOURT Pub and Grille, 1118 North 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203
The Marquette University men's basketball team (20-14, 9-9 BIG EAST) returns to the NCAA Championship for the sixth-straight season when the team faces Xavier at 6:27 p.m. CT in the second round from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. truTV will feature the television broadcast (MU's 18th national appearance of the season), with Gus Johnson (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the action in the East Regional matchup.
Marquette Makes Sixth-Straight NCAA Trip
Marquette is making its sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Championship and 29th overall, marking the first time since 1980 the program has advanced to the postseason six 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 34-29 all-time in the NCAA's, which includes six appearances in the regional championship game and three in the Final Four. Marquette owns 44 all-time postseason berths (NCAA, NIT and National Catholic Tournament).
Friday's Matchup Provides New NCAA Experience
While Marquette and Xavier have met a total of 59 times in the all-time series, Friday's matchup will mark the first in postseason play.
MU owns a 45-15 advantage in the previous outings, most recently posting a 71-61 win over XU in the 2009 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. This will mark the fourth-straight year that the Golden Eagles have participated in the No. 6/11 matchup, but the first time in school history the team has been awarded the No. 11 seed (see page 16 for complete tournament history). The program's seed is the lowest since it was No. 10 in the 1997 tournament.
Xavier participated in the opening two rounds of the 2010 NCAA Championship hosted by Marquette at the Bradley Center, advancing to the Sweet 16 with a pair of victories.
MU's Roster Short On NCAA Experience
Marquette is making its sixth-straight NCAA Championship appearance, but despite making an appearance in each of the last three seasons the MU roster is short on postseason experience.
Only one player, Jimmy Butler, has seen action in more than one NCAA contest and a total of just five players have represented the Blue & Gold in postseason competition. Butler owns three career appearances and one start, but has totalled just 17 total points. Junior Darius Johnson-Odom netted 19 points against Washington last season while Dwight Buycks, Joseph Fulce and Junior Cadougan have a combined 24 minutes of action and four points. That trio's action also all came in the last-second loss to the Huskies.
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