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Marquette Beats #1 Villanova One Year Later: A missed viewing leads to a major life choice

Sometimes the best thing to happen is to actually miss out on watching the game.

Villanova v Marquette
You just gotta trust me that it’s Andrew Rowsey facing the camera here.
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On Sunday, January 28, Marquette will be hosting #1 Villanova at the Bradley Center in a major nationally televised game on Fox. It comes just one year and four days after the Golden Eagles knocked off the #1 ranked Wildcats in the BC, giving MU their first ever regular season victory over a #1 ranked opponent. To both celebrate the anniversary and preview Sunday’s game, we’re going to let the AE staff tell you their stories and memories from that January 2017 night.


A little over a year ago, Jay Wright and Co. strolled into the BMO Harris Bradley Center most likely expecting a somewhat competitive game, but they definitely knew they were going to win, and it definitely looked like they were going to 35 minutes into the game. In the final five minutes Katin Reinhardt started going off and led the Golden Eagles to a 19-4 run and a victory over the No. 1 team in the country.

Now let me tell you my story of that game and what I was doing that night.

But first, some background about me.

I’m an 18 year old Marquette freshman from Long Island, NY, who is very indecisive. That’s all you gotta know about me really. I had received acceptance letters from both Marquette and St. John’s in mid-January, but like I said: indecisive.

I knew Marquette was playing Nova that night, but I had a huge physics test on the 25th, and just because you get in to two highly prestigious universities doesn’t mean you get to slack off. So I needed to study. I’m gonna be honest: I thought Nova was gonna blow Marquette out, so I didn’t even watch it.

There. I said it.

What did happen to me on the night of the 24th was pretty great, though. My dad came sprinting up the stairs, hollering at me to turn the game on my iPad. As soon as I turned it on, I saw Andrew Rowsey standing on the scorer’s table pointing at his wrist and hyping up the crowd. I was in shock.

I knew then I wanted to be a part of this community and to root for this Golden Eagles squad for the next four years of my life. I knew they had a young roster and were gonna give me a bunch of exciting games to watch over the next couple of years. So far, so good.

Can we get a rewind on Sunday afternoon so I can actually see a Marquette win over Villanova, though??