Where is Marquette from? Location, city and more to know about Golden Eagles basketball team

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The Marquette Golden Eagles are coming.

After earning a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, Marquette earned a spot in the Sweet 16 after pulling away from 15-seed Western Kentucky and holding off 10-seed Colorado during opening weekend.

While it's the first Sweet 16 appearance for Marquette in over a decade, the school boasts a rich basketball history that includes three trips to the Final Four and a national championship in 1977.

There's even more to know about Marquette outside of its basketball history, including its location and unique place in the history of higher education. Here's everything to know about Marquette University as its men's basketball team looks to return to the Final Four for the first time in over 20 years.

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Where is Marquette located?

Marquette University is located in Milwaukee, Wis.

Marquette's main campus is an urban campus located near downtown Milwaukee. The campus is roughly a mile from Fiserv Forum, which houses both Marquette men's basketball and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Marquette's women's team plays on campus at the Al McGuire Center, named after the legendary coach who led the men's program to a national title in 1977.

Marquette University is organized into 11 schools and colleges at its main campus, which spans over 90 acres. It enrolls 7,652 undergraduate students and an additional 3,721 graduate students, per the school's website

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What conference is Marquette in?

Marquette's athletic teams compete in the Big East Conference.

Before joining the Big East, Marquette competed in Conference USA from 1995-96 to 2004-05. Marquette joined the Big East in 2005 and was one of seven schools that remained in the conference during its reorganization in 2013.

The current full members of the Big East are as follows, with the seven schools that split to form the current Big East listed in bold.

  • Butler University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Creighton University
  • DePaul University
  • Georgetown University
  • Marquette University
  • Providence College
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. John's University (New York City)
  • Villanova University
  • Xavier University

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Marquette name origin

Marquette University was founded in 1881 and was originally named Marquette College. After it was established as an all-male institution, Marquette became the world's first coeducational Catholic university in 1909.

The school was founded by John Martin Henni, the first Catholic bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and was named after Father Jacques Marquette, a 17th-century French Jesuit missionary and explorer. 

Jacques Marquette is viewed as a Roman Catholic founding father of the region and is honored in various ways throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri, as well as Quebec and Manitoba, Canada.

Marquette NCAA Tournament history

Marquette's men's basketball program has made 36 NCAA Tournament appearances, three of which resulted in trips to the Final Four. 

  • 36 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 17 Sweet 16 appearances
  • 7 Elite Eight appearances
  • 3 Final Four appearances (1974, 1977, 2003)
  • 1974 NCAA Tournament runner-up
  • 1977 National Champions

Marquette basketball alumni

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Marquette's most recent Final Four trip was led by Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, a two-time Conference USA Player of the Year with the Golden Eagles.  Wade is one of five NBA All-Stars to play at Marquette.

Four current NBA players finished their college careers at Marquette.

  • Jimmy Butler (2011-Present)
  • Jae Crowder (2012-Present)
  • Don Kojis (1963-1975)
  • Maurice Lucas (1976-1988)
  • Wesley Matthews (2009-Present)
  • Olivier-Maxence Prosper (2009-Present)
  • Doc Rivers (1983-1996)
  • Dwyane Wade (2003-2019)
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Gilbert McGregor is an NBA content producer for The Sporting News.