Men's Basketball
MU Concludes Non-League Play Dec. 29 Against North Carolina Central

MU played in the title game the last time it was in the Maui Invitational

MU played in the title game the last time it was in the Maui Invitational

July 18, 2012

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Marquette’s last non-conference contest will feature a match-up with North Carolina Central for the first time in program history.

Marquette's BIG EAST Conference home opponents were announced. Dates have yet to be determined, but the Golden Eagles will welcome fellow league members UConn, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF and Syracuse to the Bradley Center.

Marquette recently announced a pair of five-game flex plans, with packages starting at just $65 in select sections. The Gold Plan includes Wisconsin, UConn and Pittsburgh. The Blue Plan consists of Notre Dame, Georgetown and Syracuse. Both plans include two more selections from a group of five games (DePaul, LSU, Providence, Seton Hall, USF).


North Carolina Central - Saturday, Dec. 29

All-time series record: First Meeting
2011-12 overall record: 17-15
2011-12 conference record/finish: 10-6/5th (MEAC)
Head Coach: LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central, 1996)
Leading returning scorer: Ray WIllis, RSr., 6-6, G (14.6 points per game)

Marquette’s last non-conference contest will feature a match-up with North Carolina Central for the first time in program history. NCCU played its first season in NCAA Division I last year and reached 17 victories for the first time since 1999-00. Of the 215 schools that have reclassified to the Division I level, the Eagles are one of just 38 schools to finish their first season with 17-or-more victories.


LSU - Saturday, Dec. 22

All-time series record: Tied 1-1
2011-12 overall record: 18-15
2011-12 conference record/finish: 7-9/8th (SEC)
Head Coach: Johnny Jones (LSU, 1985)
Leading returning scorer: Andre Stringer, Jr., 5-9, G (10.1 points per game)

Louisiana State will make the trek to Milwaukee to face Marquette after handing the Golden Eagles their first loss last season following a 10-0 start for MU. New head coach Johnny Jones replaces Trent Johnson on the Tigers bench after leaving North Texas for Baton Rouge (former MU associate head coach Tony Benford replaced Jones at UNT). LSU, which shot 7-of-11 from long range against Marquette last year, returns just six players from last season and lost 7-footer Justin Hamilton to the NBA draft.


at Green Bay - Wednesday, Dec. 19

All-time series record: MU leads 9-2
2011-12 overall record: 15-15
2011-12 conference record/finish: 10-8/T-6th (Horizon League)
Head Coach: Brian Wardle (Marquette, 2002)
Leading returning scorer: Alec Brown, Jr., 7-1, C (13.8 points per game)

The Golden Eagles will travel to Green Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to play a road game against Green Bay for the first time in program history. The Phoenix is led by Marquette’s seventh all-time leading scorer Brian Wardle, who returns All-Horizon League First Team performer Alec Brown and a squad which won eight of its last 10 regular season contests in 2011-12.


Savannah State - Saturday, Dec. 15

All-time series record: MU leads 3-0
2011-12 overall record: 21-12
2011-12 conference record/finish: 14-2/1st (MEAC)
Head Coach: Horace Broadnax (Georgetown, 1986)
Leading returning scorer: Rashad Hassan, Sr., 6-7, F (13.0 points per game)

Marquette will face Savannah State for the first time since 2007 following a surprising season in which the Tigers won the regular season title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 14-2 record. Head coach Horace Broadnax took over the program following the 2004-05 season that saw the Tigers go 0-28 and helped Savannah State to a 21-12 record in 2011-12. Broadnax was the 2012 MEAC Coach of the Year, as well as the inaugural John McLendon National Coach of the Year Award winner and NABC All-District 15 Coach of the Year.


Wisconsin - Saturday, Dec. 8

All-time series record: UW leads 64-54
2011-12 overall record: 26-10
2011-12 conference record/finish: 12-6/4th (Big 10)
Head Coach: Bo Ryan (Wilkes (Pa.), 1969)
Leading returning scorer: Ryan Evans, RSr., 6-5, G/F (11.0 points per game)

Long-time rivals Marquette and Wisconsin will meet for the 119th time in their storied history in 2011-12 at the Bradley Center. The Golden Eagles captured a 61-54 victory over the Badgers last season in Madison and will look for consecutive victories over UW for the first time since 2008.

Wisconsin returns four of five starters and welcomes the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and 2012 USA U18 participant, Sam Dekker.


at Florida (SEC/BIG EAST Challenge) - Thursday, Nov. 29

All-time series record: MU leads 2-1
2011-12 overall record: 26-11
2011-12 conference record/finish: 10-6/2nd (SEC)
Head Coach: Billy Donovan (Providence, 1987)
Leading returning scorer: Kenny Boynton, Jr., 6-2, G (16.3 points per game)

A repeat matchup of the 2012 Sweet 16, the Golden Eagles will look to return the favor as the Gators downed Marquette, 68-58, in the NCAA West Regional Semifinal.

Florida returns most of its rotation from 2011-12 with the lone exceptions being shooting guard Bradley Beal, the third pick in the NBA draft, and starting point guard Erving Walker. Leading scorer Kenny Boynton returns, as does fifth-year senior Mike Rosario and the frontline of Erik Murphy and Patric Young. The Gators also welcome a four-person recruiting class of guards and wings to help offset the losses of Beal and Walker.


UMBC - Monday, Nov. 26

All-time series record: MU leads 1-0
2011-12 overall record: 4-26
2011-12 conference record/finish: 3-13/8th (America East)
Head Coach: Randy Monroe (Cheyney (Pa.), 1987)
Leading returning scorer: Chase Plummer, Jr., 6-6, F (15.4 points per game)

The Retrievers return leading scorer Chase Plummer in 2012-13 and will face Marquette at the Bradley Center on Monday, Nov. 26. UMBC redshirt junior forward Jamar Wertz was a high school teammate of Marquette's Davante Gardner at King's Fork High School in Suffolk, Va.


vs. Butler (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: MU leads 14-13
2011-12 overall record: 22-15
2011-12 conference record/finish: 11-7/T-3rd (Horizon League)
Head Coach: Brad Stevens (DePauw, 1999)
Leading returning scorer: Andrew Smith, Sr., 6-11, C (10.9 points per game)

Although having faced each other on 27 occasions all-time, Butler and Marquette have not met since 1991. After making back-to-back appearances in the national championship game, the Bulldogs took a step back last season by playing in the College Basketball Invitational where they lost to Pittsburgh in the tournament semifinal.

The Bulldogs lose senior Ronald Nored while welcoming Arkansas-transfer Rontei Clarke, one of the best long-range shooters in the nation during his time with the Razorbacks.

vs. Illinois (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: U of I leads 9-5
2011-12 overall record: 17-15
2011-12 conference record/finish: 6-12/T-9th (Big Ten)
Head Coach: John Groce (Taylor University, 1994)
Leading returning scorer: Brandon Paul, Sr., 6-4, G (14.7 points per game)

After a surprising Sweet 16 run at Ohio University in 2011, new Illini head coach John Groce will lead Illinois to the Maui Invitational in his first season. Groce inherits a team that lost the No. 11 pick in the NBA draft, Meyers Leonard, but welcomes back leading scorer Brandon Paul for his senior year.

vs. Mississippi State (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: First Meeting
2011-12 overall record: 21-12
2011-12 conference record/finish: 8-8/6th (SEC)
Head Coach: Rick Ray (Grand View (Iowa), 1994)
Leading returning scorer: Jalen Steele, Jr., 6-3, G (8.7 points per game)

First-year head coach Rick Ray replaces Rick Stansbury in Starkville as the Bulldogs look to rebound from a late-season swoon in 2011-12 that saw them lose seven of their final nine games. Leading scorer and rebounder Arnett Moultrie was a first round draft pick, while fellow starters Dee Bost, Rodney Hood and Renardo Sidney are all gone as well.

vs. North Carolina (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: UNC leads 4-1
2011-12 overall record: 32-6
2011-12 conference record/finish: 14-2/1st (ACC)
Head Coach: Roy Williams (North Carolina, 1972)
Leading returning scorer: Reggie Bullock, Jr., 6-5, G (8.8 points per game)

The Tar Heels lost four of their top five scorers from last season, all among the top 17 picks in the 2012 NBA draft, but return a number of players looking for expanded roles in 2012-13. Junior shooting guard Reggie Bullock is the leading returning scorer at 8.8 points per game, while former McDonald's All-Americans James Michael McAdoo, Dexter Strickland and P.J. Hairston should all compete for a spot in the starting lineup. Marquette's lone victory against UNC came in the 1977 NCAA National Title game in Atlanta, the site of this year's Final Four.

vs. Texas (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: MU leads 1-0
2011-12 overall record: 20-14
2011-12 conference record/finish: 9-9/6th (Big 12)
Head Coach: Rick Barnes (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1977)
Leading returning scorer: Sheldon McClellan, So., 6-4, G (11.3 points per game)

The Longhorns lose leading scorer J'Covan Brown (20.1 points per game) off an NCAA tournament team from a year ago, but return starting point guard Myck Kabongo, a player expected to make major strides in his second season in Austin.

Texas also welcomes a six-person recruiting class featuring four players 6-foot-8-or-taller, including 2012 McDonald's All-American center Cameron Ridley, the No. 8 player in the freshman class according to ESPNU.

vs. USC (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: First Meeting
2011-12 overall record: 6-26
2011-12 conference record/finish: 1-17/12th (Pac 12)
Head Coach: Kevin O'Neill (McGill, 1979)
Leading returning scorer: Maurice Jones, Jr., 5-7, G (13.0 points per game)

Former Marquette head coach Kevin O'Neill leads USC to the Maui Invitational after suffering through a difficult season following point guard Jio Fontan's left knee injury last summer. Fontan returns along with the team's leading returning scorer, 5-foot-7 guard Maurice Jones and emerging big man Dewayne Dedmon. Tennessee-transfer Renaldo Woolridge will be eligible immediately for the Trojans after graduating from Tennessee, while former Wake Forest players Ari Stewart and J.T. Terrell also join the squad.

O'Neill began his NCAA Division I collegiate head coaching career at Marquette, where he went 86-62 (.581) in five seasons (1990-94) and had three postseason appearances, including MU's first Sweet 16 berth (1994) since 1979. Marquette's all-time assist leader, Tony Miller, joins O'Neill as an assistant coach.

at Chaminade (Maui Invitational - Maui, Hawaii)

All-time series record: MU leads 1-0
2011-12 overall record: 11-14
2011-12 conference record/finish: 9-9/6th (Pac West)
Head Coach: Eric Bovaird (West Liberty, 1995)
Leading returning scorer: Benny Murray, Sr., 6-4, G (13.8 points per game)

Marquette faced Maui Invitational-host Chaminade in the opening contest of the 2007 tournament before falling to No. 13 Duke in the championship game. The Silverswords are led by third-year head coach Eric Bovaird and will welcome Oregon State-transfer Rhys Murphy to complement leading returning scorer Benny Murray.


Southeastern Louisiana - Tuesday, Nov. 13

All-time series record: First Meeting
2011-12 overall record: 12-17
2011-12 conference record/finish: 5-11/5th (East) (Southland)
Head Coach: Jim Yarbrough (Florida State, 1987)
Leading returning scorer: Brandon Fortenberry, RSr., 6-3, G (17.6 points per game)

Southeastern Louisiana will meet Marquette for the first time on Dec. 13 at the Bradley Center. The Lions welcome back fifth-year senior Brandon Fortenberry who suffered a season-ending foot injury last December while leading the squad in scoring at 17.6 points per game. Southeastern Louisiana is the first Southland Conference foe the Golden Eagles have faced since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi during the 2010-11 season.


Colgate (Maui Invitational - Milwaukee, Wis.) - Sunday, Nov. 11

All-time series record: First Meeting
2011-12 overall record: 8-22
2011-12 conference record/finish: 2-12/7th (Patriot League)
Head Coach: Matt Langel (Penn, 2000)
Leading returning scorer: Pat Moore, Jr., 6-5, G (9.9 points per game)

Marquette kicks off the opening round of the Maui Invitational at the Bradley Center against Colgate for its home opener on Sunday, Nov. 11. Second-year head coach Matt Langel leads the Raiders into Milwaukee with leading scorer Pat Moore returning for his senior season alongside starting point guard Mitch Rolls. The meeting, played a before the Golden Eagles head to Hawaii for the championship rounds of the 2012 Maui Invitational, is the first contest between the two programs.


 

 

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