What does Marquette's home winning streak mean to you?
When the horn sounded Monday night and the BMO Harris Bradley Center erupted in celebration of Marquette University's impressive 74-71 victory over Syracuse, you could feel what a true home court advantage is.
The place rocked throughout the night, and was nearly deafening when the Golden Eagles made big plays.
Many media members tweeted about how loud it was, and once again prove that the BMO Harris Bradley Center can indeed be an atmosphere in which a basketball team and thrive.
"It's huge, man. The support we get from everyone here is just great," junior forward Jamil Wilson said.
"Our fellow students come out and they support us no matter what. It could be cold outside and they're camping out if it's a big game. They come with homework the next day or whatever it may be. They make us a priority, to come and support us. What can we do? Our best thing that we can do for them is give them a win, an escape from school. That's what it's for. They support us and we do our best to try and entertain them and let them have fun for a couple hours."
The victory was the Golden Eagles' 24th straight at home, the second longest streak in Division I hoops. Afterwards, I asked Golden Eagles coach Buzz Wiliams if this streak is a "thing" now, something that the team is aware of, that maybe should get a little more attention than it already has.
"Maybe I should address it. I don't say anything about it (to the players)," Williams said. "I'm thankful for our students, thankful for our longtime season ticket holders. I think it's a great environment. I thought tonight you could feel the spirit of the crowd before the jump ball."
Williams then illustrated what the streak has meant to his program on the court.
"If you're going to have a chance to win in anything, you need to win at home and you need to win half your games on the road," he said.
"And if you do that, you're going to be in the mix for something. And the streak that we've been on, I don't know that we would have necessarily been a high seed in the NCAA Tournament without that streak because I know home wins impact the RPI probably more than it should, but RPI is considered by all the committee members. We need to try to get one more."
He paused, then smiled.
"Then schedule some really bad teams in November."
Marquette puts the streak on the line this afternoon against Notre Dame in their home finale. What does it mean to you? What does it say about the Golden Eagles, or the BMO Harris Bradley Center as a basketball venue?
It's the same as going to a Green Bay Packer home game, you almost always expect a win (even against teams like Syracuse and ND). It helps draw fans, and I think it gives the players confidence that they can come back from any deficit. The only sad thing, is to see a sold out arena for a college game in the day, then see a 1/3 full arena that night for a professional basketball game. If only fans could fill the BC for the Bucks and give them some confidence at home.
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