The Marquette Golden Eagles basketball team is one of college basketball’s best. They have been to the NCAA Tournament 31 times in their storied history. The Eagles have made the Sweet Sixteen 16 times, the Elite Eight seven times, the Final Four three times, the National Championship Game twice and won the NCAA Tournament championship in 1977.
The Eagles have been to the NIT 15 times, making the quarterfinals seven times, the semifinals four times the Championship Game twice and won the Tournament in 1970.
Some of the Eagles greats include Dwayne Wade, Bo Ellis, Doc Rivers, Dean Meminger, Maurice Lucas, Butch Lee, Jae Crowder, Jim Chones, Jerome Whitehead, Steve Novak, Darius Johnson-Odom and many more.
Marquette plays their home games at the Bradley Center, which is also the home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. College basketball in an NBA arena can be an advantage for the home team. A nicer arena often means bigger and louder crowds that are serious about their hoops. Plus, for the fans it means all of the NBA amenities, such as video scoreboards, music and fancy light shows. For the fans it means a top notch viewing experience fro a great seat with many awesome concession choices.
The court at the Bradley Center is named for legendary coach Al Maguire, who coached them in their most successful era, the 1970s. He retired right after winning the NCAA Tournament over North Carolina in 1977, becoming an announcer on CBS where he had a John Madden-like career behind the microphone. You know you are watching one of the great programs when you walk into the Bradley Center and gaze up at all the banners in the rafters that belong to Marquette.
Since the Bradley Center is an NBA arena and not on campus, beer is sold there. There are also great food items such as cheese steak, brats, Mexican food and ice cream. You will have a tough time finding a better college basketball game in a better venue than watching Marquette at the Bradley Center.
The Golden Eagles play in the Big East Conference, which includes some of college basketball’s best teams such as Georgetown, Providence, Villanova, St. John’s, DePaul, Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Xavier. Those teams will be trying to win the Big East Tournament to get the automatic bid to the NCAA, but also they are hoping to win enough to impress the selection committee for one of the at-large bids. The action at the Bradley Center will be intense all season long.
Marquette’s home schedule at the Bradley Center will include games with Belmont, IUPUI, Iowa, Maine, San Jose State, Presbyterian, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Xavier, DePaul, Stetson, Butler, Providence, Creighton, Villanova and Georgetown.
With a home schedule like this and an arena as nice as the Bradley Center, you do not want to miss out on any of the excitement. Bring the family out to the Bradley Center this season for Marquette Golden Eagles basketball.
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