MU Travels To Newark For East Regional Matchup With North Carolina
March 21, 2011
The Marquette University men's basketball team (22-14) has advanced to the regional semifinal of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2003 and will face North Carolina Friday, March 25 at 6:15 p.m. CT at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. CBS will feature Marquette's 19th national broadcast of the campaign and the MU-UNC winner will advance to face the Ohio State-Kentucky winner on Sunday, March 27.
Tourney Destination Provides Familiar Venue
While many fans assume the NCAA Championship provides exposure of their respective team to basketball around the country, MU fans are beginning to pick up on a BIG EAST Conference theme as the team advances.
First, Marquette was matched up with fellow league opponent Syracuse in the second game during the team's stay in Cleveland, Ohio. The Golden Eagles now travel to the Prudential Center ("The Rock") in Newark, N.J. for the regional semifinals, the home court of BIG EAST member Seton Hall.
Marquette is 2-1 at "The Rock" since it opened in 2007, most recently dropping an 85-72 decision on March 5, 2011 in the regular-season finale. MU has even been assigned to the same hotel the travel party utilized just three weeks ago, the Renaissance Newark Airport. MU makes frequent trips to the greater New York City area for league games at SHU, Rutgers and St. John's.
Marquette Advances To Round Of 16 For 14th Time
Marquette is making its sixth-straight appearance (29th overall) in the NCAA Championship and its 14th trip to the round of 16. This year's selection marks the first time since 1980 the program has advanced to the postseason six consecutive years.
The 1980 appearance 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 36-29 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).
Marquette and the other three remaining programs in the East Regional (Ohio State, Kentucky, North Carolina) have combined for a total of 145 NCAA Championship appearances and 73 trips to the Sweet Sixteen. In 2003, MU advanced to the Final Four behind the efforts of guard Dwyane Wade. The Golden Eagles knocked off Holy Cross, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Kentucky before falling to Kansas in New Orleans, La.