Marquette fans storm the court after defeating number one ranked Villanova in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. Marquette defeated Villanova 74-72. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Marquette's 30-year run at the Bradley center is coming to an end.
The downtown Milwaukee arena is being replaced by a new facility opening next door in the fall. The NBA's Milwaukee Bucks will be the primary tenant, and Marquette will also host home games there.
— WisconsinESC (@WisconsinESC) February 24, 2018
That means Saturday's game against Creighton will be the Golden Eagles' last scheduled home date at the Bradley Center. The school has been revisiting some of its favorite memories.
Senior @drewskirowsey30 & the @BMOHBC honored on the cover of Saturday's game program. #mubb fans make sure you are there to get a copy! Photo Gallery: https://t.co/K6qhCQbMg0 pic.twitter.com/VHzR2FL2e0
— MarquetteMBB (@MarquetteMBB) February 28, 2018
One recent highlight was the 74-72 win over No.1 Villanova on Jan. 24, 2017, a victory that helped punch Marquette's ticket into the NCAA Tournament last year.
Marquette's Katin Reinhardt shoots a three ball to tie the game against number one ranked Villanova during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. Marquette defeated Villanova 74-72. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
It's also a favorite for Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Wojciechowski won his first game as a head coach when Marquette beat Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 14, 2014.
Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski yells during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee-Martin Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Former Marquette and NBA center Jim McIlvaine, who calls Marquette games on the radio, cited a 70-62 win over DePaul on Feb. 27, 1994 as one of his top moments. It gave Marquette its first regular season conference championship in school history.
Duke's Grant Hill (33) shoots against Marquette's Jim McIlvaine (34) during the NCAA Southeast Regional semi-final action in Knoxville, Tenn., March 24, 1994. Hill led Duke to a 59-49 victory to advance to the regional finals. (AP Photo/Patrick Murphy-Racey)
"It felt like a quantum leap for the school to get that far in such a short amount of time. Marquette had competed as an independent school in college basketball for more than 70 years and had done quite well, but fallen on hard times in the 1980s," said McIlvane, a senior on the 1993-94 team. "I think the school was a lot closer to giving up on big-time college basketball, as they had decades earlier with college football, than most people realize."
McIlvane praised the work of then-athletic director Bill Cords and coach Kevin O'Neill to revitalize the program.
Marquette is presenting other top Bradley Center moments on Twitter. Here are a couple more:
March 8, 2003 -
Senior Day against Cincinnati as MU clinched the C-USA Regular Season title. pic.twitter.com/xbq31S0PLW
— Marquette Athletics (@muathletics) February 27, 2018
January 3, 2006 -
First BIG EAST game & win over No. 2 UConn, Novak with 41 points and 16 rebounds. pic.twitter.com/hK8wszSdzH
— Marquette Athletics (@muathletics) February 28, 2018
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