** Golden Eagles will make at least nine appearances on national television in 2006-07
MILWAUKEE, September 7
The Marquette men's basketball program's second season in the BIG EAST Conference will be highlighted by league match-ups with Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, an appearance in the CBE Classic and the 113th game against in-state rival Wisconsin, the department announced today with the release of the 2006-2007 schedule.
Eighth-year head coach Tom Crean and the Golden Eagles will make a minimum of nine appearances on national television highlighted by the regular season home finale on March 3rd against Pittsburgh as part of ESPN Gameday. Marquette will also play two ESPN Big Monday games, as well as appearances on ABC, CBS, ESPN and ESPNU.
Opening night for the Golden Eagles comes on Friday, November 10 against Hillsdale College, followed two days later by back-to-back games in the College Basketball Experience Classic. Formerly known as the Guardians Classic, the College Basketball Experience (CBE) Classic is a 16-team tournament that tips off Nov. 12-15 with Regional Rounds taking place at four Host Sites: Duke (Durham, N.C.), Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.), Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Texas Tech (Lubbock, Texas).
Four teams will compete in each regional, with Marquette hosting Detroit, Idaho State and Maine. The Golden Eagles will face Idaho State (Nov. 13) and either Detroit or Maine (Nov. 14). The winner of each Regional will advance to the semifinal and championship rounds at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 20-21. The complete field for the tournament will be announced in the near future. Around the rounds of the CBE Classic, Marquette will host Eastern Michigan (Nov. 18) and travel to Valparaiso (Nov. 27).
The month of December features eight home games for the Golden Eagles, beginning with the 45th Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic on Dec. 1-2. Marquette will face Northwestern State, who burst on the college basketball scene this past March by upsetting No. 3 Iowa in the NCAA Tournament, while Princeton will face North Dakota State in the opening round.
MU hosts Delaware State (Dec. 5) before for its annual tussle with in-state rival Wisconsin (Dec. 9) - the 113th meeting between the teams - which will be televised nationally on ESPN. The Golden Eagles close out the 2006 with consecutive home games against UMBC (Dec. 16), Oakland (Dec. 19), Morgan State (Dec. 22) and Savannah State (Dec. 30).
Marquette opens BIG EAST Conference action playing five of its first eight games on the road, beginning at Providence (Jan. 4). The Golden Eagles home portion of the league slate begins with perennial power Syracuse (Jan. 7), the Orange first appearance in Milwaukee since 1983. MU travels to Connecticut (Jan. 10) and hosts West Virginia (Jan. 13) before consecutive nationally televised road games against Louisville (Jan. 15/ESPN Big Monday) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 21/CBS). January concludes with a home game against Seton Hall (Jan. 24) and a road contest at USF (Jan. 28).
The Golden Eagles play seven games in the month of February, beginning with home games against Providence (Feb. 3) and Rutgers (Feb. 7). Two consecutive road games follow, at Georgetown (Feb. 10/ESPN) and DePaul (Feb. 14), before Marquette returns to Bradley Center for two nationally televised games with Louisville (Feb. 17/ESPNU) and Villanova (Feb. 19/ESPN Big Monday). The team closes out the month with long-time rival Notre Dame (Feb. 24) on ABC.
The regular season concludes on March 3 when Marquette hosts Pittsburgh as part of ESPN Gameday, the network's weekly roaming college basketball show and primetime featured game. Hosted by Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Andy Katz, the studio show will originate live from the Bradley Center beginning at 10 a.m. A second show will start at 7 p.m. and lead directly into the game at 8 p.m.
For the 25th consecutive season, the 2007 BIG EAST Conference Tournament will be held from March 7-10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top 12 teams of the 16 team conference from the regular season will qualify for conference tournament.
Regional and local television arrangements, as well as start times for non-nationally televised conference games will be announced at a later date.
Marquette basketball full season ticket packages and mini-plans are on-sale now. Full season ticket packages are available for as little as $180. For more information call (414) 288-GOMU or log on to www.gomarquette.com.