Marquette Faces South Carolina Friday In NCAA Championship
March 13, 2017
TV: TBS | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team (19-12, 10-8 BIG EAST) has earned the No. 10 seed in the East Region of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and will face No. 7 seed South Carolina (22-10, 12-6 SEC) on Friday, March 17 at Bons Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. TBS will feature the national television broadcast, with Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Chris Webber (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (reporter) calling the action.
MU Returns To NCAA Tournament In 100th Year
Marquette is celebrating 100 years of men’s basketball at the University this year and what better way to cap the season than with the program’s 32nd all-time trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Golden Eagles are making their first appearance since the 2012-13 campaign, when the squad claimed a share of the BIG EAST Conference regular season title and eventually advanced to the Elite Eight in Washington, D.C. before falling to Syracuse.
Marquette owns an overall record of 41-32 in the event, highlighted by 16 trips to the Sweet 16 and a trio of Final Four appearances (1974, 1977 and 2003), including the 1977 National Championship under legendary head coach Al McGuire. Marquette is 0-1 all-time as a No. 10 seed, falling 81-59 to Providence in 1997 in Charlotte, N.C.
BIG EAST’s Strength On Display Selection Sunday
The BIG EAST Conference has long been identified as one of the top leagues in the country and Selection Sunday provided a perfect illustration of the deserved status.
The 68-team field will include seven BIG EAST squads (70 percent of league), highlighted by No. 1 seed in the East Region and defending national champion Villanova. Thanks to the league’s round-robin format and including the tourney matchup with Seton Hall, Marquette played a total of 13 games in conference action against NCAA participants.
Combined with fellow NCAA participants Vanderbilt, Michigan and Wisconsin, MU’s 2016-17 schedule had it well prepared for postseason action. Georgia and Fresno State were also included in the National Invitation Tournament field.
Marquette’s Success Built On Balanced, Powerful Offense
Marquette’s offensive attack this season has not only been one of the best in the BIG EAST, it’s also one of the most balanced and productive in all of college basketball.
The Golden Eagles rank among the nation’s top-20 in six offensive categories, highlighted by their top effort of 43.0 percent from behind the 3-point line. The balanced scoring features five players averaging double figures in points, ranging from 13.2 points per game to 10.9 points per contest. Only UCLA has more players (six) with 300-or-more points than Marquette’s five competitors.
MU has only averaged over 80.0 points per contest for a season on three previous occasions, most recently during the 1970-71 campaign (81.7 ppg.). Since 1948-49, only the 1954-55 team has been a more explosive offensive attack, concluding the year scoring 84.2 points per game.
Reinhardt Matches NCAA Record With Third NCAA Trip
Graduate transfer Katin Reinhardt is making his third career NCAA tournament appearance, an accomplishment numerous former collegiate players are able to claim.
However, Reinhardt joins former Seton Hall forward Derrick Gordon as the only two players to collect the feat with three different programs. The Dana Point, California native began his career at UNLV in 2012-13, helping the squad to a 25-10 record and postseason berth. He transferred to USC after his freshman campaign and two years later (2015-16) the Trojans were invited to the field of 68.
Gordon joined the Pirates as a graduate transfer in 2015-16 and helped the team to the conference tournament crown. He also made NCAA trips with UMass and Western Kentucky.
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