MU Lands In Nation's Capital Set For Third Straight Sweet 16 Appearance

MU is one of just four schools (Ohio St., Kansas, Florida) in its third-straight Sweet 16

March 25, 2013

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The No. 3 seed Marquette University men's basketball team (25-8, 14-4 BIG EAST) makes its third-straight trip to the Sweet 16 when the squad faces the No. 2 seed Miami Hurricanes (29-6, 15-3 ACC) at 6:15 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 28 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. CBS will feature the broadcast, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Rachel Nichols (reporter) on the call.

Marquette Turns 16 For 16th Time

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Marquette is making its eighth-straight appearance (31st overall) in the NCAA Championship and its 16th trip to the round of 16.

Thursday's game will mark the program's first run of three-straight Sweet 16 appearances since the team's runner-up finish in 1974 (fell 76-64 to NC State). Marquette is one of just four programs (Kansas, Florida and Ohio State) currently in possession of a three-consecutive regional semifinal matchups.

MU is one of just six teams (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan St. and Wisconsin) to be selected to the NCAA field in each of the last eight years.

Marquette is 40-31 all-time in the NCAA's, which includes six appearances in the regional championship game and three in the Final Four. Marquette owns 47 all-time postseason berths (NCAA, NIT and National Catholic Tournament).

Second Half Allows MU To Survive & Advance

Marquette's two victories in the NCAA Championship this season have come by a total of just three points, thanks in large part to a pair of strong second-half performances by the team's offensive attack.

The Golden Eagles have trailed at the intermission of both contests after combining to shoot just 26.8 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from long distance. Fortunately for MU, the team has warmed up following halftime, knocking down 50.0 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Junior guard Vander Blue provides a perfect illustration of the trend. He has chipped in just 6.0 points per contest in the opening 30 minutes due to 30.0 percent shooting from the field. After halftime, however, he has netted 16.5 points per game while connecting on 55.0 percent of his chances.

Of Marquette's 17 contests on the road or at a neutral site this season, MU either trailed or was tied in 11 of the outings.

Golden Eagles Battle Tested With Close Games

Marquette is now 9-3 all-time in the NCAA Championship as the No. 3 seed, thanks to a pair of one-possession victories (three in the last four games overall) in Lexington, Ky.

Dating back to the start of the 2008-09 campaign (Buzz Williams first as head coach), Marquette owns an overall record of 19-16 in games decided by three points-or-less (5-3 in 2012-13) and is 5-2 in overtime outings. Of the 34 games, 13 came during the 2009-10 season and six of those came in the final nine contests of that year.

Series With Miami Limited & Even

The Golden Eagles and Hurricanes have met on just four occasions in the all-time series, with each squad claiming a pair of victories on its respective home court.

MU claimed the first-ever meeting, posting an 84-62 win on March 5, 1986 under head coach Rick Majerus. The Hurricanes posted a 91-89 win in overtime the following season and the squads split the remaining two contests in the home-and-home series.




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