The Marquette Golden Eagles are an 11-seed and will open the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio against Xavier on Friday night (6:27 pm CT).
Marquette beat Xavier last season, in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Nov. 26, 2009, a 71-61 win. Marquette forward Jimmy Butler said he expects to see much of the same from Xavier in this game as they saw last season.
Xavier will be playing in their home state. the Muskateers have a 4-hour ride up the freeway from their campus in Cincinnati.
Xavier joins Michigan State as the only teams that have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in each of the last three years.
Marquette is one of a record-setting 11 Big East teams to make the expanded 68-team NCAA field.