On This Day in MUBB History, Marquette Advances to Final Four
With having no sports, we have to do some stuff that isn’t usual. We would typically be talking about the Marquette Golden Eagles and Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Tournament. Where they are seeded? What region are they playing in? All of those things would be discussed right now. But they’re not. One writer termed it dejection Sunday. That is rather accurate. Therefore, let’s look back on some highlights and lowlights of each day moving forward until we cannot any further. Let’s start with March 16th.
HIGHLIGHT: Marquette advanced to 1974 Final Four, the first of their school’s history. They beat Michigan in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 72-70. Bo Ellis had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Marcus Washington had 17. I do not have any sort of recap from this one or YouTube highlights, sorry kids. Michigan led at halftime by two points, and Marquette outscored Michigan in the second half by four points to win.
LOWLIGHT: Marquette and SEC teams do not mix on this day. Seriously, they’re 0-3 against SEC teams just on March 16th. They lost to 12 seeded Arkansas in 1996 where they had a chance to go to the Sweet 16. Anthony Pieper missed eleven threes as Arkansas pulled away in the second half. They also lost the 10th seeded Alabama team in 2006. It was Marquette’s first trip back to the NCAA Tournament after their Final Four run in 2003. Alabama’s Jean-Felix Moupegnou (Who?!) had eight threes in that game. Marquette lost a shootout, 90-85. Continuing with the theme, 1972 Marquette team lost to Kentucky for a right to go into the Final Four.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s version.