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Marquette Versus Butler at Maui Invitational

By Jackson Marquette Tickets Staff Writer | Posted Thursday, August 2

The Golden Eagles will face one of their long time basketball rivals in the first round of this season's Maui Invitational. Butler, last year's second place finisher in the NCAA Tournament, will go toe to two against Marquette on 11/19. This will be the opening game for each team during this annual event.

The pair first met in December 1922, with the Golden Eagles taking home the win with a hair-raising score of eighteen-to-seventeen. That would be the only victory the Milwaukee based school would have over their Indianapolis neighbors for the next fifteen years, falling by deficits as high as thirty-five points though out the twenties and thirties. Just a year after losing a nail-biting February 1937 game in Indiana during overtime, Marquette finally broke the streak, handily beating the Blue Devils at home thirty-nine-to-thirty-two in January 1938. A month later the two met again in Indianapolis, and Marquette once-more walked away from the emotionally charged match-up victorious.

The two private schools, now in the midst of a tested rivalry, would trade luck in the initial years of World War Two, splitting four games between 1939-and-1941. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, however, the collegiate sports world was put on pause, including the now twenty-year history between Marquette and Butler. The Golden Eagles would win a pair of games just a month and two months, respectively, after the attack. They would not play each other again until the thirtieth anniversary of their final meeting on Valentine's Day of 1942.

On February fourteenth, 1972 the Blue Devils traveled to Milwaukee for a meeting with an old acquaintance. That former friend, however, had become a power house of college basketball during their three decades apart. The next twenty-years would see Marquette dominate the newly sparked rivalry between them and Butler, including the first two years the teams were conference partners in the Horizon League. The Golden Eagles would go on to win nine consecutive games against the Blue Devils from 1972 to March 1990. As if by fate, Butler broke the cycle in early 1991, ending their opponent's win streak at the same number that their own had ended two generations earlier, in 1938.

Marquette And Butler Meet Again After Twenty-One Years

Butler and Marquette have not met on the basketball court since March 1991. Despite a pair of wins that Butler took home in that year against them, the Golden Eagles still hold a one game advantage in the all-time record between the two, fourteen-to-thirteen. For Marquette, the November twentieth game not only marks the first against Butler in this millennium, but also its' first appearance in the Maui Invitational since 2008. They defeated Chaminade and Oklahoma State in that event, moving onto the finals, only to lose to Duke seventy-seven-to-seventy-three. The winner of the game will move onto the semifinals to face either North Carolina or Mississippi State; the loser falls to a consolation game. In the opposite four team bracket of the Invitational are games featuring Texas against Chaminade, and University of Southern California against Illinois.

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