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1979-80 Season

Coach: Hank Raymonds
Captain: Robert Byrd
Leading Scorer: Sam Worthen (16.9 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Robert Byrd (10 rpg)

Marquette makes the NCAA's expanded field as a 9 seed.


Season review

The Warriors finished at 18 wins and 9 losses, breaking their string of 13 consecutive 20-victory seasons. But the 18 wins were good enough to secure their tenth consecutive NCAA bid. However, they lost to Villanova in the first round, 77-59.

The Warriors started captain Robert Byrd, Oliver Lee, Michael Wilson, Sam Worthen and Terrell Schlundt, the lone recruit. The supporting cast featured Artie Green, Tony Davis, Larry Hatchett, Dean Marquardt and Greg Shimon.

Oliver Lee topped the scorers at 15.9 points per game, Robert Byrd was the top rebounder with 269, and Sam Worthen filled the role of playmaker, leading the team with 175 assists.

The highlight of the season may have occured in Madison as the Warriors took on Duke, one of the top-ranked teams in the country. Marquette rode a 12-7 record into the game, but to the astonishment of many, opened a 19-point lead, blew it, and still defeated the Blue Devils 80-77.

Schedule

DateTeamResult
D 1Eastern MontanaW 75-36
D 4Fresno StateW 57-54
D 8MichiganL 60-63
D 15UW-MadisonL 56-57
D 22at IllinoisW 80-78
D 28Saint Mary's (CA)W 100-74Milwaukee Classic
D 29Rhode IslandL 57-64Milwaukee Classic
J 2Cleveland StateW 93-69
J 4BrownW 80-49
J 7at Cal State-Long BeachL 69-77
J 12#2 DePaulL 85-92
J 15MaineW 87-77
J 17at Xavier (OH)W 76-62
J 19Florida StateW 74-64
J 22at #7 LouisvilleL 63-76
J 26at South CarolinaW 80-65
F 2at Oral RobertsL 101-102 OT
F 5CreightonW 81-71
F 7at Loyola (IL)W 90-84
F 10vs #10 DukeW 80-77Dane County Coliseum (Madison, WI)
F 12Xavier (OH)W 82-70
F 16DaytonW 73-64
F 20at StetsonL 72-77
F 24at #10 Notre DameW 77-74
F 27at DetroitW 80-76
F 29Air ForceW 70-50
M 7vs VillanovaL 59-77NCAA Tournament (Providence, RI)

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