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-Marquette received invitations to both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in February. ​ Athletic Director [[Lawrence Mullins]] met with the Marquette Athletic ​boad for three hours, before decided to accept the NCAA tournament bid.  "It was awfully tough to decide which one to accept,"​ said Mullins. ​ "Coach Hickey feels a strong attachment to the NIT, having gone to it nine times with his [[Creighton]] and [[Saint Louis]] teams, but exerted no pressure on the board members and feels very happy with their decision. ​ We chose the NCAA because it is, of course, the governing body of all member schools and we figured we owed them the loyalty."​+Marquette received invitations to both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in February. ​ Athletic Director [[Lawrence Mullins]] met with the Marquette Athletic ​board for three hours, before decided to accept the NCAA tournament bid.  "It was awfully tough to decide which one to accept,"​ said Mullins. ​ "Coach Hickey feels a strong attachment to the NIT, having gone to it nine times with his [[Creighton]] and [[Saint Louis]] teams, but exerted no pressure on the board members and feels very happy with their decision. ​ We chose the NCAA because it is, of course, the governing body of all member schools and we figured we owed them the loyalty."​
  
 "I couldn'​t be happier,"​ said Coach Hickey, when interviewed about the selection. ​ "I view it as a tremendous tribute to a team that doesn'​t have too much in the way of reserves, but has nevertheless,​ hustled and scrapped all the way in every game.  It's certainly a great honor too, for the school and it's alumni." ​ "I couldn'​t be happier,"​ said Coach Hickey, when interviewed about the selection. ​ "I view it as a tremendous tribute to a team that doesn'​t have too much in the way of reserves, but has nevertheless,​ hustled and scrapped all the way in every game.  It's certainly a great honor too, for the school and it's alumni." ​
  
 Team Captain, [[Gene Suppelsa]] said that although the team would have liked to have been in the NIT in New York, the NCAA was fine with him.  Suppelsa thought the only difference between the two tournaments was the sites involved and that the team would'​ve like to have seen New York, but did acknoweldge that playing in the NCAA tournament in Evanston would give them the opportunity to play before a larger Marquette following. Team Captain, [[Gene Suppelsa]] said that although the team would have liked to have been in the NIT in New York, the NCAA was fine with him.  Suppelsa thought the only difference between the two tournaments was the sites involved and that the team would'​ve like to have seen New York, but did acknoweldge that playing in the NCAA tournament in Evanston would give them the opportunity to play before a larger Marquette following.
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 +"Sure, in a way I was looking forward a little to going to New York," said guard [[Jim Kollar]], "but the NCAA probably carries more prestige. ​ After all, we'll be meeting the conference winners and they don't come much tougher than [[Michigan State]] or [[Kentucky]]. ​ Then, too, we'll be representing Marquette and if we're fortunate enough to get to Evanston, the student body will have a chance to watch us.  That partisan crowd makes a big difference to a ball club," Kollar said.
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 +[[Walt Mangham]] shrugged off a request to compare the two tournaments. ​ "They name 'em, we'll play '​em,"​ said the junior forward. ​ "No preference,"​ was the comment of forward [[Don Kojis]]. ​ "All my life, I've dreamed of playing for Marquette and just being on a team like this one has been a tremendous, season-long thrill. ​ A tournament selection, no matter which one, makes it all just perfect."​
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 +[[Bob Walczak]], a starting guard on the "​Cinderella"​ Warriors [[1954|1954-55]] team said he wasn't at all surprised by the selection of the NCAA over the NIT.  "​It'​s true that the tougher teams usually go to the NCAA, but I believe the team's chances are just as good there as they would be in New York.  Marquette is used to playing Midwestern schools and the referees give a team a lot more leeway here, than they do in the East.  A scrappy team like the Warriors might have a lot of trouble with fouls calls in New York," said Walczak.
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 +"I remember that our 1955 team actually preferred the NCAA.  We had heard so much about Adolph Rupp and his great [[Kentucky]] teams, that we were dying to get a shot at them.  They talk about publicity advantages in New York, but I honestly believe that we got more ink after knocking off [[Kentucky]],​ than we could have by defeating any team in the NIT," Walczak said.
  
  

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