Men's Basketball
MU Continues NCAA Tournament Run Sunday Against Syracuse

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March 19, 2011

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Official Away Game Destination: CENTERCOURT Pub and Grille, 1118 North 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Marquette University men's basketball team (21-14) continues play in the 2011 NCAA Championship Sunday night at 6:40 p.m. CT when the squad faces fellow BIG EAST Conference member Syracuse (27-7) in the Third Round from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

truTV will feature the television broadcast (Marquette's 19th national appearance of the season), with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter) calling the action.

Third Round Provides Familiar Opponent
With 11 programs from the BIG EAST Conference in the 68-team field, Third Round matchups between league schools were hard to avoid. As a result, Marquette and Syracuse will meet for the second time in series history in postseason play on Sunday night at The Q.

The Golden Eagles are 3-7 all-time against the Orange, including a 76-70 victory on Jan. 29 at the Bradley Center. Junior forward Jae Crowder led all scorers with 25 points in that game and senior forward Jimmy Butler added 19 points.

Marquette and Syracuse have faced each other in postseason action, meeting in the 1981 National Invitation Tournament. SU claimed an 88-81 decision in that outing.

Victory Over Xavier Provides Program First
With Friday night's win over Xavier, Marquette is now 35-29 all-time in the NCAA Championship, which includes 29 overall appearances.

Playing for the first time in school history as a No. 11 seed, the victory marked the first-ever for the team as the lower-seeded program in the featured matchup. Before Friday night, each of Marquette's postseason wins had come when seeded seventh-or-better. MU defeated Evansville 67-62 in the 1982 NCAA tourney as the No. 7 seed, which was the previous low.

Johnson-Odom Joins Exclusive Club At MU
With a layup late in the win over Xavier, junior guard Darius Johnson-Odom became the 43rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

In just two years with the Golden Eagles, the Raleigh, N.C., native now owns 1,002 points in 69 career games. He owns a career scoring average of 14.5 points per game and leads the roster in that category in 2010-11 at 16.0 points per contest.

Current teammate Jimmy Butler (28th, 1,253 points) joined the club earlier this season in his third season at MU. Six players have now reached the plateau under third-year head coach Buzz Williams. Jerel McNeal (1st, 1,985 points), Lazar Hayward (2nd, 1,859), Dominic James (4th, 1,749) and Wesley Matthews (9th, 1,673) all find their names among the program's best.


 

 

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