Marquette Opens 2012-12 Sunday At 3:30 p.m. Against Colgate
Nov. 10, 2012
TV: ESPNU | Radio: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men’s basketball team begins its 2012-13 campaign with an opening game in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational against Colgate at 3:30 p.m. CT from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. ESPNU will feature the national television broadcast, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action. The Golden Eagles and Raiders are meeting for the first time in program history. Marquette will travel to Maui Nov. 19-21 to compete in the championship rounds of the tournament and open with Butler on Nov. 19 on ESPN2.
Condensation Sinks Carrier Classic
Marquette was originally scheduled to open 2012-13 against No. 4/4 Ohio State Friday night in the second annual Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C. aboard the USS Yorktown.
Unfortunately, the game was ruled a “no contest” by the game officials due to weather conditions after the court became too slippery to safely conduct the game. The game won’t be rescheduled.
The Golden Eagles, who arrived in town Wednesday night, were able to host a clinic for military families with the other three teams competing in the event on Thursday through a partnership with Hoops From Home. The two-hour event took place at Joint Base Charleston and included approximately 75 children.
In the first game of the evening, the Notre Dame women’s team defeated Ohio State 57-51.
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.
Golden Eagles, Raiders Meeting For The First Time
Sunday afternoon’s matchup will mark the first between Marquette and Colgate in men’s basketball.
MU has faced six current members of the Patriot League all-time and owns a perfect 14-0 record in those matchups. The most recent outing was a 72-61 win over Bucknell in the team’s opening game of the 2010 CBE Classic at the Bradley Center.
Jeff Reynolds Named Director Of Basketball Operations
Reynolds assumes the responsibilities of first-year staff member Jerry Wainwright, who will move to the position of assistant coach for the rest of the season.
"We are very thankful that coach Reynolds has agreed to fill the position thru the academic year," Williams said. It's extremely uncommon to have an opportunity like this, to hire someone with his experience and knowledge at this late of a date.
"His hiring obviously strengthens our team for the 2012-13 season, while also giving us the flexibility to decide at the end of the year what is best, relative to our staff, on the direction for everyone to go at that point," Williams added.
Reynolds most recently spent five seasons (2007-08 through 2011-12) as the head coach at Air Force, where he helped the Falcons to a postseason appearance in the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Previous to taking over the head coaching duties at Air Force, Reynolds served as an assistant coach for two seasons. In the two years, the Falcons were one of just 17 teams in NCAA Division I to win at least 50 games total.