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2002-2003 Marquette Men's Basketball

mu02-03_cover_w.jpgRecord: 27-6
Conference USA: 14-2
CUSA Tournament: 0-1
NCAA Tournament: 4-1
Final Coaches Ranking: 6
Final AP Ranking: 9
Final RPI Ranking: 10
Coach: Tom Crean
Captain: Dwyane Wade
Leading Scorer: Dwyane Wade 21.5 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Robert Jackson 7.5 rpg

Dwyane Wade led the Marquette Warriors to their first Final Four since 1977. Purely magical is the best way to describe the 2002-03 campaign, as Crean led Marquette to a place it had not been in over 25 years - the Final Four. Marquette's third appearance all-time in college basketball's ultimate destination came as a result of 27 wins (second-most in school history), including a program-best 14 victories in conference, and its first Conference USA Regular Season Championship.

The Golden Eagles finished the regular season ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press, its highest year-end AP ranking since 1978, and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. MU was one of only 10 teams to be ranked in all 19 of the AP's Top 25 polls and its .818 winning percentage was the program's best since 1977-78. Marquette played ranked opponents seven times, winning five of those contests.

Schedule

Date Opponent RPI AP ESPN Location Result Notes
Non-Conference
November 15, 2002 Villanova 70 - - New York, New York W 73-61 Coaches vs Cancer Classic
November 22, 2002 Coppin State 245 - - Bradley Center W 64-46 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
November 23, 2002 Texas-San Antonio 255 - - Bradley Center W 80-68 Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
November 26, 2002 Eastern Illinois 183 - - Bradley Center W 97-74 Marquette Bradley Center record for field goals made (40)
December 02, 2002 Notre Dame 14 - - South Bend, Indiana L 71-92
December 07, 2002 Appalachian State 162 - - Bradley Center W 101-78
December 14, 2002 Wisconsin 25 - - Bradley Center W 63-54
December 21, 2002 Elon 243 - - Bradley Center W 89-57
December 28, 2002 Grambling State 277 - - Bradley Center W 105-74 Marquette Bradley Center record for assists (29) and points scored (105)
Conference USA
December 30, 2002 East Carolina 156 - - Greenville, North Carolina L 70-73
Non-Conference
January 04, 2003 Dayton 13 37 46 Dayton, Ohio L 85-92
Conference USA
January 07, 2003 Saint Louis 58 - - Saint Louis, Missouri W 60-54
January 11, 2003 South Florida 127 - - Bradley Center W 96-63
January 14, 2003 Tulane 143 - - New Orleans, Louisiana W 85-73
January 18, 2003 Charlotte 95 40 35 Charlotte, North Carolina W 67-64
January 25, 2003 DePaul 63 29 27 Bradley Center W 72-51 Dwyane Wade tied a Bradley Center record for steals (7)
January 29, 2003 East Carolina 156 - - Bradley Center W 80-48
February 01, 2003 Cincinnati 29 11 12 Cincinnati, Ohio W 82-76
February 05, 2003 Saint Louis 58 - - Bradley Center W 68-64
Non-Conference
February 09, 2003 Wake Forest 7 27 34 Bradley Center W 68-61
Conference USA
February 12, 2003 DePaul 63 29 27 Chicago, Illinois W 73-60
February 15, 2003 Louisville 11 38 32 Bradley Center L 70-73
February 20, 2003 Charlotte 95 40 35 Bradley Center W 75-67
February 22, 2003 TCU 194 - - Fort Worth, Texas W 79-68
February 27, 2003 Louisville 11 38 32 Louisville, Kentucky W 78-73
March 01, 2003 UAB 90 - - Bradley Center W 98-87
March 08, 2003 Cincinnati 29 11 12 Bradley Center W 70-61
Conference USA Tournament
March 13, 2003 UAB 90 - - Louisville, Kentucky L 76-83
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2003 Holy Cross - - - Indianapolis, Indiana W 72-68 First Round
March 22, 2003 Missouri - - - Indianapolis, Indiana W 101-92 Second Round, Overtime
March 27, 2003 Pittsburgh - - - Minneapolis, Minnesota W 77-74 Sweet Sixteen
March 29, 2003 Kentucky - - - Minneapolis, Minnesota W 83-69 Elite Eight
April 5, 2003 Kansas - - - New Orleans, Louisiana L 61-94 Final Four
  • Missouri's Ricky Paulding knocked down a MU-opponent record nine three pointers in a losing effort against Marquette on March 22nd.

Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/High School
1 Todd Townsend F 6-7 215 So. Chicago, Ill./New Hampton (NH) Prep
3 Dwyane Wade G 6-5 210 Jr. Robbins, Ill./Richards
5 Scott Merritt F 6-10 245 Jr. Wauwatosa, Wis./East
10 Karon Bradley G 5-11 185 Fr. Katy, Tex./Cypress Springs
12 Jared Sichting G 6-0 165 Fr. Minnetonka, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret
20 Steve Novak F 6-10 210 Fr. Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer
32 Joe Chapman G 6-4 195 Fr. Sauk Village, Ill./Bloom
33 Chris Grimm F/C 6-10 225 Fr. Brighton, Mich./Brighton
34 Travis Diener G 6-1 165 So. Fond du Lac, Wis./Goodrich
40 Terry Sanders F 6-8 225 Jr. Milwaukee, Wis./Vincent/Hargrave Academy
42 Andy Freund F 6-8 210 Fr. Wauwatosa, Wis./East
55 Robert Jackson F 6-10 260 Sr. Milwaukee, Wis./Mississippi State/Washington HS

Statistics

G GS MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS PPG
Dwyane Wade 33 33 1058 251 501 .501 14 44 .318 194 249 .779 209 145 71 43 107 76 710 21.5
Robert Jackson 33 33 947 191 343 .557 0 0 โ€“ 127 163 .779 249 26 12 7 79 98 509 15.4
Travis Diener 33 33 1146 124 313 .396 69 190 .363 74 91 .813 105 184 47 5 71 66 391 11.8
Scott Merritt 33 33 970 110 253 .470 1 10 .100 94 121 .777 218 51 27 39 63 91 333 10.1
Steve Novak 33 0 512 67 133 .504 55 109 .505 31 33 .939 71 17 7 0 18 54 220 6.7
Todd Townsend 33 33 840 64 142 .451 37 97 .381 27 41 .659 88 59 10 15 28 84 192 5.8
Terry Sanders 33 0 510 32 60 .533 0 0 โ€“ 22 35 .629 90 14 10 7 22 75 86 2.6
Joe Chapman 33 0 318 31 71 .437 14 31 .452 1 3 .333 43 20 10 0 21 31 77 2.3
Karon Bradley 22 0 189 12 38 .316 11 25 .440 3 5 .600 9 14 4 0 11 22 38 1.7
Chris Grimm 27 0 139 9 15 .600 0 0 โ€“ 7 12 .583 16 2 0 1 4 23 25 0.9
Jared Sichting 8 0 10 1 1 1.00 1 1 1.00 2 2 1.00 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0.6
Tony Gries 7 0 11 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 3 4 .750 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 0.4
TOTALS 33 - 6650 901 1871 .482 202 508 .398 585 759 .771 1207 533 198 117 438 622 2589 78.5

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