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2003-04 Marquette Men's Basketball

Record: 19-12
Conference USA: 8-8
CUSA Tournament: 0-1
NIT: 2-1
Final RPI Ranking: 83
Coach: Tom Crean
Captains: Travis Diener, Scott Merritt
Leading Scorer: Travis Diener 18.8 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Scott Merritt 7.1 rpg

After their 2002-03 Final Four season, Dwyane Wade left early for the NBA and future NBA players Travis Diener and Steve Novak were left to lead the Warriors. They experienced a down year, becoming one of the few teams to make the Final Four one year, and miss the NCAAs entirely the next.

Despite losing Dwyane Wade and Robert Jackson, who accounted for 47% of Marquette's scoring and 38% of its rebounding in 2002-03, Crean guided the Golden Eagles to a 19-12 overall record and the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in 2003-04. The Golden Eagles postseason appearance was their 37th all-time.

The 2003-04 season saw Crean lead Marquette to its 26th-consecutive non-conference home win, a fifth-straight Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic Championship, the program's 1,300th victory all-time (a 65-52 victory at Houston on January 7) and, as a result of a 77-70 victory over Louisville on January 31, only its second victory ever on the road over a Top 5-ranked opponent. After opening the season ranked 23rd in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, the Golden Eagles spent nine and ten weeks, respectively, ranked in both polls. Marquette played ranked teams six times this year, splitting the contests with three wins and three losses.

Marquette knocked off Toledo in the first round of the NIT and defeated Boise State in the second round. Boise State's Jermaine Blackburn managed to snag four steals, tying the Marquette record for most steals by an NIT opponent. Marquette then went on the road, where they were defeated at Iowa State.

Schedule and Results

Day Date Opponent Result Record
Thu. Nov 6 Team Nike W, 86-77
Sun. Nov 9 Wisconsin All-Stars W, 79-72
Thurs. Nov 13 Saint John'sW, 52-45 (1-0)Coaches vs Cancer (New York, NY)
Fri. Nov 21 Savannah State W, 79-41 (2-0)Pepsi Blule & Gold ClassicMarquette set a Bradley Center team record for free throws attempted (50) and tied a Bradley Center team record for free throws made (35)
Sat. Nov 22 Valparaiso W, 75-70 (3-0)Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic
Mon. Nov 24 Northern Michigan W, 70-58 (4-0)
Mon. Dec 1 #23 Notre Dame W, 71-58 (5-0)
Fri. Dec 5 Grambling W, 71-55 (6-0)
Sat. Dec 13 at #9 Arizona L, 85-75 (6-1)
Mon. Dec 15 Canisius W, 68-65 (7-1)
Sat. Dec 20 at #22 UW-Madison L, 63-59 (7-2)
Mon. Dec 22 Florida A&M W, 83-63 (8-2)Florida A&M set a Bradley Center team record for three point field goals attempted (33)
Mon. Dec 29 Sacred Heart W, 77-72 (9-2)
Wed. Jan 7 at Houston* W, 65-52 (10-2)
Sat. Jan 10 Saint Louis* W, 61-59 (11-2)
Wed. Jan 14 #10 Cincinnati* L, 85-73 (11-3)
Fri. Jan 16 vs Southern Mississippi* L, 83-61 (11-4)Resch Center (Green Bay)
Tue. Jan 20 at UNC Charlotte* L, 84-76 (11-5)
Sat. Jan 24 DePaul* W, 70-62 (12-5)
Sat. Jan 31 at Louisville* W, 77-70 (13-5)
Tue. Feb 3 TCU* L, 85-79 (13-6)
Sat. Feb 7 at DePaul* L, 84-78 (13-7)
Sat. Feb 14 Memphis State* L, 89-71 (13-8)Memphis set a Bradley Center team record for three point field goals made (16)
Wed. Feb 18 at Saint Louis* L, 58-54 (13-9)
Sat. Feb 21 Tulane* W, 81-69 (14-9)
Thurs. Feb 26 at South Florida* W, 70-63 (15-9)
Sat. Feb 28 at UAB* L, 87-69 (15-10)
Wed. Mar 3 East Carolina* W, 77-73 (16-10)
Sat. Mar 6 #25 Louisville* W, 81-80 (17-10)
Wed. Mar 10 TCUL, 64-62 (17-11)Conference USA Tournament (Cincinnati, OH)
Mon. Mar 15 ToledoW, 87-72 (18-11)National Invitational Tournament
Tue. Mar 23 Boise StateW, 66-53 (19-11)National Invitational Tournament
Thu. Mar 25 at Iowa StateL, 77-69 (19-12)National Invitational Tournament

* Denotes Conference-USA Game

Coaches

Tom Crean - Head Coach
Kyle Green - Assistant

2003-2004 Season Statistics

name GP-GS MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS PPG
Travis Diener 31-31 1060 179 424 .422 90 201 .448 136 154 .883 97 187 41 0 74 76 584 18.8
Steve Novak 31-29 916 118 290 .407 89 207 .430 62 68 .912 143 39 23 3 44 60 387 12.5
Scott Merritt 31-30 869 122 271 .450 2 6 .333 103 144 .708 219 31 25 22 92 76 348 11.2
Dameon Mason 31-17 675 96 218 .440 11 21 .524 76 107 .710 138 33 19 4 60 58 279 9.0
Terry Sanders 31-30 702 79 138 .572 1 2 .500 38 53 .717 140 33 10 20 38 79 197 6.4
Joe Chapman 31-15 456 50 118 .424 18 59 .305 28 39 .718 52 20 18 2 31 54 146 4.7
Karon Bradley 26- 0 240 25 74 .338 9 30 .300 16 24 .667 24 8 10 0 18 35 75 2.9
Todd Townsend 31- 1 332 18 52 .346 7 30 .233 13 25 .520 54 19 7 5 21 44 56 1.8
Marcus Jackson 31- 2 423 21 45 .467 0 0 11 24 .458 78 4 9 14 13 50 53 1.7
Brandon Bell 21- 0 103 7 25 .280 4 12 .333 14 18 .778 5 9 4 0 14 14 32 1.5
Chris Grimm 24- 0 217 8 18 .444 0 0 9 15 .600 35 1 2 2 11 25 25 1.0
Carlton Christian 22- 0 170 9 32 .281 0 6 .000 5 10 .500 27 12 6 3 15 30 23 1.0
Tony Gries 7- 0 16 1 3 .333 0 0 0 2 .000 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 0.3
Andy Freund 6- 0 12 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0
Jared Sichting 5- 0 9 0 2 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0
TOTALS 31 6650 901 1871 .482 202 508 .398 585 759 .771 1207 533 198 117 438 622 2589 78.5

Images

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