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Marquette Loses Notre Dame as Conference Rival

By Golden Eagles Fan JB | Posted Friday, September 21

Marquette's rivalry with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is second only to its rivalry with the Wisconsin Badgers. The Golden Eagles have matched up against Notre Dame 116 times, going back to the early twenties. That’s just two games shy of their entire history against Wisconsin, the team that they have played the most since the Golden Eagles program started. This Milwaukee based team has lost over half of those games to the Irish. That record has started to turn around, as they have recently begun gaining back some ground on their forty-four game deficit.

Their progress on that record was halted this week, as Notre Dame announced its decision to exit the Big East in favor of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They become the latest school to take advantage of this off-season's extensive conference realignments.

ESPN analyst, Jay Bilas said that fans of the rivalry should not fret too much. Going back to the time when both teams were independents, Bilas said that he and others found those games to be the most exciting of the rivalry. He pointed out the red-tape and scheduling conflicts that being in the same conference presents, saying that a cross-conference rivalry could be even more riveting.

That more substantive Big-East/ACC rivalry will be based on whether or not the duo continues to play each other. In separate leagues, there is no guarantee of that happening, a guarantee that would have been possible should the school have remained in the conference.

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