Marquette University has already done a lot to help those impacted by hurricanes across the nation, especially those in Puerto Rico where Marquette legend Butch Lee is a native from and currently lives (Here is the link to his GoFundMe page, which is still open and accepting donations.) Marquette is continuing their relief efforts by partaking in an exhibition game this coming Sunday, October 22nd, at 4:00 PM against cross town “rival” UW-Milwaukee, although rival is a strong word considering Marquette is currently 39-0 all time verses UW-Milwaukee (40-0 if you include stealing our current President Michael Lovell from their ranks). This game will not be televised nor available to be streamed so the only way to watch is to show up to the Al McGuire Center. You can’t fault MU and UWM for intentionally driving up the reason to make sure you attend the game when 100% of the proceeds are going to help the Red Cross
This type of scrimmage is a bit of an oddity as NCAA rules prohibit exhibition games against other D1 opponents, however, Marquette and the best UWM in Wisconsin applied for and were granted a waiver in order to play the game. Tickets are priced at $20 for a lower bowl seat, $10 for an upper level seat, and $5 for a student ticket. Again, with no streaming options, there is no way to get a sneak peak at your Golden Eagles other than to buy tickets when they go on sale at 10am on Thursday and drive/walk down to the Al McGuire Center for a great cause.
Not only will this raise money for a great cause but it will also get your Golden Eagles some experience against real Division 1 competition before the season starts. UW-Milwaukee struggled last season until they made a great run to the Horizon League tournament finals before falling in a barn burner to Northern Kentucky in Detroit. Even though head coach LaVall Jordan left after the season to coach the Butler Bulldogs, the team returns most of its key contributors and should improve on what they achieved last season.
My inside sources at UW-Milwaukee (AKA my friends there) inform me that Brock Stull is the guy to watch out for after averaging 13.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds while shooting nearly 40% from the three point line. The other UW-Milwaukee Panther to watch out for is Bryce Nze who is an athletic big who set the UWM freshman record last season by shooting an insane 70% from the field in conference play.
It is yet to be seen how Marquette will handle its playing time in this exhibition game but no matter what it’s a good idea for a good cause. Get your tickets, come down to the Al McGuire Center on the 22nd, and show UW-Milwaukee how we play the game - both basketball and charity - on this side of town.
(Note: There has been no information put out yet if Andrew Rowsey will play Sunday or if he will be suspended for this exhibition as well.)