Marquette Faces Ohio State In Carrier Classic To Open 2012-13
Nov. 5, 2012
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The Marquette University men's basketball team opens its 96th season of competition Nov. 9 when the squad faces No. 4/4 Ohio State in the second annual Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C., at 6 p.m. CT. The Golden Eagles and Buckeyes will meet on the deck of the USS Yorktown., which resides in the Patriots Point complex in Charleston Harbor.
Season Opener Presents Unique Opportunity
The Marquette University men's basketball team has the unique opportunity of playing in an event created to pay tribute to those individuals who defend the nation's freedom on a daily basis.
This year's Carrier Classic will again benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and The Wounded Warrior Project, and adds The Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The Patriots Point facility with 367 acres of park and camping is home to the iconic USS Yorktown, which will be transformed into a unique 4,000-seat sports arena utilizing the designs created for the first Carrier Classic held in San Diego on board the USS Carl Vinson in 2011.
The Carrier Classic is produced by Morale Entertainment Foundation, creators and producers of the inaugural 2011 Veterans Day Carrier Classic Basketball Game, and the Best of America Troop Tour Series. Morale takes pride in creating sports and entertainment events that raise appreciation for our Military. Its mission is to "Make Every Day Veterans Day."
Built in an amazing 16-½ months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943, and participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation, and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II.
MU Hoping To Continue Season-Opening Success
Marquette has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on opening night and hopes to continue that trend in 2012-13.
The Golden Eagles are 80-15 all-time in campaign lidlifters, including a 91-37 victory over Mount St. Mary's to begin the 2011-12 season. MU owns an 11-game winning streak in season openers and has claimed 12 of its last 13 overall.
Marquette had an impressive streak of 29 years in which it started 1-0, dating from 1960-61 to 1988-89.
MU hasn't opened the season on the road since 2004-05 when the squad faced St. John's in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The last neutral-site opener came in the same event in 2002-03 (Final Four season) when Marquette took on Villanova. The Golden Eagles won both games.
Opening night notes: In 1923, Marquette allowed only five points against Milwaukee Normal in a 22-5 victory ... MU has hit the century mark twice in season openers, scoring 107 versus North Dakota (1960) and 106 against Charleston (1980) ... the squad's lone overtime lidlifter came against UNLV (1994), an 82-74 victory.
Ranked Opponent Comes Early For MU
Dating back to the 1948-49 campaign, Marquette has faced a nationally ranked opponent on just one occasion in the season opener.
No. 6 Duke downed MU 87-74 in the first game of the 1990-91 campaign in a Preseason NIT contest. Duke's Christian Laettner finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the win and Marquette was led by Ron Curry's 24 points and 10 rebounds.
In program history, Marquette has faced a ranked opponent just seven times in the month of November and three of those games have come against Duke. The Blue Devils held on for an 82-77 win in 2010-11 in the CBE Classic in the most recent matchup.
MU-OSU Series Dates Back To 1934
Ohio State owns a slim 5-4 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1933-34 campaign.
The Golden Eagles have claimed three of the last four outings with the Buckeyes, most recently posting an 82-70 win on the road on November 30, 1994. Guard Anthony Pieper led the way with 22 points and forward Roney Eford chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. OSU was led by Rick Yudt's 23 points.
Carrier Classic Teams Partner With Hoops From Home
Each of the four teams participating in the Carrier Classic will host a clinic on Thursday afternoon through a partnership with Hoops From Home.
The organization's mission is to promote healthy, positive development of military children, by bringing an all-star basketball camp experience to US bases throughout the world. The coaches and players will conduct drill stations, participate in contests and sign autographs during the two-hour event.
MU's Derrick Wilson and OSU's Aaron Craft will represent each team and address the participants in attendance.
Matchup With Ohio State Has Special Meaning For Wilson
Marquette's opportunity to interact with military families will have special meaning for sophomore guard Derrick Wilson, whose father is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army.
Dennis Wilson retired in 2007 with the rank of Sergeant First Class and he currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska. His career included stops in Germany (where Derrick was born), Louisiana, Texas, Turkey, Georgia and Alaska. He also served in Operation Desert Storm while stationed with the unit in Texas.