17/17 Marquette Hosts Southern Friday Night In 2013-14 Opener
Nov. 6, 2013
TV: FS Wisconsin | Radio: 540 ESPN
The No. 17/17 Marquette University men's basketball team opens its 2013-14 campaign Friday night when the squad hosts Southern at 7 p.m. CT in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The season lidlifter marks the program's 97th season of competition and the first-ever meeting with the Jaguars. FS Wisconsin will feature the television broadcast, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Corey Williams (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles are 13-0 all-time versus opponents from the Southwestern Athletic Conference and will also take on the SWAC's Grambling State on Nov. 12.
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 2013-14.
The Golden Eagles are 81-15 all-time in campaign lidlifters, including a 84-63 victory over Colgate to begin the 2012-13 season. MU owns a 12-game winning streak in season openers and has claimed 13 of its last 14 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.
MU Owns Extended Home Court Winning Streak
Marquette is currently in possession of a 25-game winning streak (second-longest active streak in the nation) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
After falling 74-57 to Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, 2011, MU collected a perfect 9-0 record at home in BIG EAST play (15-1 overall) in 2011-12 en route to a best-ever second-place finish (14-4) in the league. The Golden Eagles finished 16-0 at home in 2012-13 and completed their second-straight season of league play undefeated with a win over Notre Dame.
In just over 24 seasons of play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Marquette owns an impressive overall record of 329-87 (.790) and a 55-13 (.809) mark in BIG EAST action.
Marquette claimed an amazing 81-straight home games from 1967-73 for the longest run in school history and is tied for the fifth-longest in NCAA history.
MU Picked First, Gardner & Wilson Claim Accolades
For the first time since Marquette joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, the Golden Eagles have been selected to finish first in the league in the annual preseason coaches poll.
MU received five first-place votes (74 total) and finished just ahead of Georgetown (70) and Creighton (61). The Golden Eagles claimed a share of the BIG EAST regular season title in 2012-13 thanks in large part to the efforts of forwards Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson. Gardner, who was the league's top sixth man last season, was voted to the preseason first team. Wilson was tabbed to the honorable mention squad after posting season averages of 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing in 2012-13.
Marquette has had at least one player garner all-league accolades at the conclusion of the season every year since the program began conference affiliation in 1989-90.
MU's NCAA Streak Places Team In Elite Company
Fresh off the program's first Elite Eight appearance in 2003, Marquette's recent postseason success puts the program among the nation's elite.
The Golden Eagles have participated in the NCAA tournament every year since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005-06, the sixth-longest active streak in the country. Kansas tops the list with 24-straight NCAA's, followed by Duke (18), Michigan State (16), Gonzaga (15), Wisconsin (15) and Marquette (8).
Marquette is also one of just four programs (Kansas, Florida, Ohio State) to advance to at least the regional semifinal in each of the past four campaigns.
Six Golden Eagles Make Opening Night NBA Rosters
The Marquette men's basketball program was represented by six players on various opening night rosters of National Basketball Association (NBA) franchises, one of the top totals among all NCAA Division I institutions.
Former Golden Eagle standouts Jimmy Butler (Chicago), Dwight Buycks (Toronto), Jae Crowder (Dallas), Wesley Matthews (Portland), Steve Novak (Toronto) and Dwyane Wade (Miami) were all introduced in NBA arenas across the country as the league tipped off the 2013-14 campaign the first week of November.
Only 10 schools currently feature more alums in the NBA, led by Kentucky's 22 total players.