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1996-1997 Marquette Men's Basketball

96mbball.jpgCoach: Mike Deane
Captain: Anthony Pieper
Leading Scorer: Chris Crawford (14.9 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Faisal Abraham (6.5 rpg)

Marquette had a special run in 1997, winning four CUSA Tournament games in four days to win the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Marquette played five games against top-25 programs, winning three of those match-ups. MU lost to Providence in the first round of the NCAA tournament, when Austin Croshere scored 10,000 points, which killed Marquette.

Roster

Number Name Position Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School
40 Faisal Abraham Forward 6-7 225 Sr. St. Croix, Virgin Is. Maine Central Prep
21 Mike Bargen Forward 6-7 200 So. Lincoln, NE East
4 John Cliff Guard 6-2 200 Fr. Decatur, IL MacArthur
5 Chris Crawford Forward 6-9 225 Sr. Kalamazoo, MI Comstock
12 Aaron Hutchins Guard 5-10 175 Jr. Lima, OH Central Catholic
20 Abel Joseph Forward 6-9 240 Jr. Montreal, Quebec Dawson
45 Jarrod Lovette Forward 6-10 245 Jr. Blair, WI Blair-Taylor
25 Zack McCall Forward 6-3 225 Jr. Fitchburg, MA Mount Hermon Prep
32 Bart Miller Guard/Forward 6-5 185 Fr. Brandenburg, KY Meade County
3 Anthony Pieper Guard 6-3 185 Sr. Wausaukee, WI Wausaukee
42 John Polonowski Forward 6-8 225 Fr. Rockford, MI Rockford
34 Richard Shaw Forward/Center 6-11 225 Jr. LaSalle, Ontario Sandich Secondary
10 Marcus West Guard 5-10 185 Jr. Racine, WI St. Catherine
13 Alton Mason Guard 6'1 186 Fr. Lincoln, NE Northeast

Schedule

GAME DETAILS: Box Scores and game reviews can be found on the Internet Archive Wayback machine's copy of MU's website. Click here.

Date Opponent Location Result Record Notes
11/24/1996 UW-Milwaukee Home W 82-55 1-0 Aaron Hutchins tied a Bradley Center record with seven steals
11/29/1996 Santa Clara Away L 72-79 1-1
12/6/1996 Prairie View A&M Home W 104-49 2-1 First Bank Classic, Marquette set a Bradley Center Marquette record for team steals (18). Aaron Hutchins set Marquette & Bradley Center indvidual records for three point field goal percentage (100%)
12/7/1996 Princeton Home L 62-66 2-2 First Bank Classic
12/14/1996 UW-Green Bay Home W 55-39 3-2
12/16/1996 Coastal Carolina Home W 66-42 4-2
12/19/1996 Appalachian State Home W 74-37 5-2 Aaron Hutchins tied the Bradley Center record again with seven steals
12/22/1996 La Salle Home W 86-53 6-2
12/27/1996 Dayton Away W 65-61 7-2
12/31/1996 UW-Madison Home W 59-52 8-2
1/4/1997 Southern Mississippi Home W 61-44 9-2 (1-0)
1/7/1997 Iowa State Away W 67-64 10-2 #4 Iowa State
1/9/1997 DePaul Home W 75-50 11-2 (2-0)
1/12/1997 Memphis Away 47-54 11-3 (2-1)
1/18/1997 Saint Louis Home W 69-48 12-3 (3-1)
1/26/1997 DePaul Away W 61-49 13-3 (4-1)
1/30/1997 South Florida Away W 71-36 14-3 (5-1)
2/1/1997 Tulane Home L 53-54 14-4 (5-2)
2/5/1997 Maine Home L 59-68 14-5 Maine's Ramone Jones tied the Bradley Center record with seven steals
2/8/1997 Cincinnati Away L 70-91 14-6 (5-3) #12 Cincinnati
2/15/1997 UNC Charlotte Away L 46-66 14-7 (5-4)
2/17/1997 UAB Away W 68-52 15-7 (6-4)
2/20/1997 Louisville Home W 79-71 (OT) 16-7 (7-4) #15 Louisville
2/25/1997 Saint Louis Away W 56-54 17-7 (8-4)
2/27/1997 Cincinnati Home L 74-80 17-8 (8-5) #9 Cincinnati, Anthony Pieper tied Marquette & Bradley Center records for three point field goal percentage (100%)
3/2/1997 Houston Home W 76-67 18-8 (9-5) 1977 throwback jersey night
3/5/1997 DePaul Saint Louis, Missouri W 79-53 19-8 Conference USA Championship
3/6/1997 Memphis State Saint Louis, Missouri W 63-45 20-8 Conference USA Championship
3/7/1997 Cincinnati Saint Louis, Missouri W 91-79 21-8 #10 Cincinnati, Conference USA Championship
3/8/1997 UNC Charlotte Saint Louis, Missouri W 60-52 22-8 Conference USA Championship
3/14/1997 Providence Charlotte, North Carolina L 59-81 22-9 NCAA Tournament
  • Marquette led the nation in field-goal percentage defense (36.2%), which is still good for third all-time in NCAA history.
  • Austin Croshere nearly became the first player in NCAA history to go 16-16 from the foul line in Providence's thrashing of Marquette on March 14th. Instead he had to settle for 15-15, still tops all-time for an MU opponent.

Statistics

Player G-GS MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO PF-DQ PTS PPG
Chris Crawford 31-31 961 165 352 .469 33 86 .384 100 130 .769 55 110 165 45 33 22 69 89-3 463 14.9
Aaron Hutchins 31-31 954 145 347 .418 65 184 .353 60 86 .698 14 83 97 172 62 1 112 36-0 415 13.4
Anthony Pieper 26-25 761 100 230 .435 46 114 .404 46 60 .767 10 61 71 52 19 1 39 46-1 292 11.2
Faisal Abraham 30-28 742 76 132 .576 0 0 42 100 .420 87 108 195 7 21 84 21 61-1 194 6.5
Jarrod Lovette 31-15 621 54 113 .478 2 11 .182 46 66 .697 44 115 159 31 20 9 42 54-1 156 5.0
Richard Shaw 27-18 402 64 110 .582 0 1 .000 21 33 .636 53 66 119 8 10 21 30 56-4 149 5.5
Mike Bargen 31- 2 528 48 124 .387 21 67 .313 13 30 .433 28 58 86 36 26 17 26 41-0 130 4.2
Marcus West 31- 2 410 24 92 .261 9 38 .237 41 51 .804 2 29 31 67 19 0 42 27-0 98 3.2
John Cliff 30- 3 244 26 88 .295 14 55 .255 6 9 .667 12 22 34 12 4 2 19 15-0 72 2.4
Abel Joseph 30- 0 322 20 42 .476 0 0 24 52 .462 29 43 72 1 4 11 20 51-2 64 2.1
Bart Miller 19- 0 149 15 36 .417 0 3 .000 9 25 ,360 13 20 33 13 5 6 23 14-0 39 2.1
John Polonowski 23- 0 129 13 38 .342 1 5 .200 10 16 .625 18 12 30 4 4 6 13 25-0 37 1.6
TOTALS 31 6225 750 1704 .440 191 564 .339 418 658 .635 365 727 1206 448 227 180 464 515-12 2109 68.0
Opponents 31 6225 628 1735 .362 175 540 .324 360 556 .647 405 660 1065 360 212 59 461 588-23 1791 57.8

Coaches

Mike Deane - Head Coach
Dan Theiss - Associate HC
Maurice (Bo) Ellis - Assistant
Mike Rice - Assistant
Sean Rivers - Administrative Asst.
David Leigh - Athletic Trainer


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