Marquette to host Harvard in the NIT

The Marquette University men’s basketball team has earned the No. 2 seed in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will face Harvard in the opening round on Wednesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 at the Al McGuire Center.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket members beginning at 9 a.m. CT on Monday, Mar. 12 and will run until 4 p.m. Season ticket members are encouraged to check their email for more details. After 4 p.m., tickets will be available for purchase to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by going to, by calling 414.288.GOMU or visiting the Marquette Ticket Office, inside the Al McGuire Center (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The winner of MU/Harvard game will face either Oregon or Rider in the second round between March 16-19. Should Marquette win on Wednesday night, the team would host the second round game.

The matchup will mark the program’s 16th in the NIT and first since the 2004-05 campaign. Marquette claimed the 1970 NIT title under Hall of Fame head coach Al McGuire and advanced to the title matchup in 1994-95 under head coach Mike Deane. MU claimed a 65-53 win over St. John’s in 1970, but fell to Virginia Tech (65-64, OT) in 1995. The team also finished runner-up in 1967.

Marquette’s most recent appearance in the NIT resulted in a 54-40 loss to Western Michigan on March 14, 2005 in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Marquette is 21-14 all-time in its previous 15 appearances (tied for eighth most) in the event and ranks 12th all-time in NIT history in games played and 10th in wins.

The Golden Eagles hosted UW-Milwaukee in exhibition action for hurricane relief on Oct. 22, 2017 and most recently played a regular season game in the Al McGuire Center on Dec. 19, 2014 when the team defeated Alabama A&M, 83-49.

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via press release

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