Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette University is a, private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1881, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It currently has a student body of 11,500, making it one of the largest Jesuit universities in the United States, and the largest private university in the state of Wisconsin. The largest college within the university is the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences. Athletics programs at Marquette play in the Big East Conference.
The school is well-known for the success of its men's basketball team. Marquette Basketball is 9th in the NCAA for postseason appearances all-time (40), including 25 NCAA Tournament appearances (17th all time). The Warriors, coached by Al McGuire, won the 1977 NCAA Tournament and were runners-up in 1974. Maurice "Bo" Ellis was a member of each of those teams, and remains the only Marquette player to appear in two Final Fours.
In 2003 Marquette, coached by Tom Crean and led by Dwyane Wade and Travis Diener, defeated top-ranked Kentucky to reach the Final Four. In that game, Wade became one of only four players in NCAA Men's Tournament history to record a triple-double. Wade was named an AP All-American two years in a row and won Conference USA Player of the Year while at Marquette.
In 2006, Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to the NBA title by defeating the Dallas Mavericks. The victory was the franchise's first NBA title. Wade was named the MVP of the 2006 NBA Finals. He was also named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" in 2006.
Since Wade left Marquette, the University responded to an increase in applications by becoming more academically selective while maintaining undergraduate enrollment around 8,000.
The current men's basketball roster includes guards Dominic James (2005-06 Big East Rookie of the Year), Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal and David Cubillan, as well as Senegalese forward, Ousmane Barro. The Golden Eagles went through the entire 2006-2007 season ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls with the exception of one week.
- Dwyane Wade (3)
- Don Kojis (44)
- Glenn "Doc" Rivers (31)
- George Thompson (24)
- Maurice "Bo" Ellis (31)
- Butch Lee (15)
- Earl Tatum (43)
- Dean Meminger (14)
- Maurice Lucas (20)
- Marquette has also retired numbers 77, 38, and 11, in honor of coach Al McGuire, trainer Bob Weingart and the Apollo 11 crew, respectively.
Marquette's women's basketball is currently coached by Terri Mitchell. The program has experienced success in recent years under Mitchell's direction, including a run to the championship game of the WNIT, where the women finished as runners-up. Marquette women's basketball has qualified for the NCAA tournament seven times since 1994. The team now plays in the Al McGuire Center, named after the former Marquette men's coach.