The Golden Eagles last won the NIT championship in 1970 when legendary coach Al McGuire turned down an invitation to the NCAA tournament and defeated St. John's in the championship game. In 1967 and 1995, Marquette reached the NIT championship game.
Marquette in the Postseason
Marquette is now 21-12 all-time in the NIT after defeating Boise State 66-53 on Tue and Toledo (87-72) in the first round last Monday. The NIT win vs Toledo was Coach Tom Crean's first. He was previously 0-1 after losing in the first round to Xavier (67-63) during his second season at Marquette.
St. John's, who won the NIT championship last season, has the most NIT appearances with 27. The Golden Eagles are tied with the DePaul Blue Demons for 12th all-time with 14 appearances. This is Marquette's 37th post-season appearance.
Marquette compared to the Boise St. Broncos Marquette is averaging 70.9 points per game and allows an average of 68.6 for opponents. The Broncos average 74.3 points per game and allow an average of 67.5. Diener leads Marquette with 19 points per game and assists with 5.6. Forward Aaron Haynes leads Boise State with 14.6 points per game and 6.0 rebounds. Both teams are shooting within the 74 percentile in free throws, but Marquette has a better three-point percentage at 35.6 compared to the Bronco's 30.7
Trey Schwab released from Hospital Marquette assistant basketball coach Trey Schwab was recently released from the University of Wisconsin Hospital after undergoing a double lung transplant. Twelve days into his recovery Schwab went into cardiac arrest and was essentially dead for 40 minutes after a massive clot developed in his lungs. Three weeks after doctors kept his pulse going through CPR, before removing the clot during an emergency operation, Schwab left the hospital in good spirits.
"Obviously there's something bigger than all of us at work here," Schwab was quoted saying to the Associated Press on Monday. "It's a shot at a second chance, and you just try to make the most of it."
Mason awarded to Conference USA's All Freshman Team
In 15 games as a starter, Mason is averaging 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and shooting 45.7 percent from the field. Mason hit the game winning shot against No. 25 Louisville on March 6 and took the final shot in the teams' loss 64-62 to Texas Christian in the C-USA tournament.