Marquette Golden Eagles

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In 2005 the Big East welcomed the Marquette Golden Eagles to their powerhouse men’s basketball conference – and for good reason. The men’s hoop squad, led by their legendary coach, the late Al McGuire, took home the 1977 National Championship and is currently ninth all-time in NCAA postseason appearances (45). After years under the radar, the Golden Eagles burst back onto the national scene in 2003 with a Final Four appearance thanks to two-time AP All-American Dwyane Wade’s triple-double against top-seeded Kentucky in the Elite Eight. However, Wade isn’t Marquette’s only star-alum. Small forward Jae Crowder was named the 2012 Big East Player of the Year, while fellow alumnus Doc Rivers has led the Boston Celtics to great postseason success, including a victory in the 2008 NBA Finals. With other NBA stars such as Wesley Matthews, Steve Novak, Jimmy Butler, and Lazar Hayward calling Marquette their alma mater, it’s no wonder the Golden Eagles are a national force on the court.